D’Arcy returns as Ireland make four changes

Ireland have made four changes to their team to play the All Blacks in the second Test to be played in Christchurch with Gordon D’Arcy coming in for Keith Earls.

Earls was not considered for selection for the second All Black test due to a chest injury that he picked up in the first test so D’Arcy starts at inside centre in his place.

D’Arcy’s selection reunites him with Brian O’Driscoll to start their 48th international as Ireland’s centre partnership.

Elsewhere in the backline, Andrew Trimble comes onto the left wing in place of Simon Zebo, who is named in the replacements in place of Darren Cave.

Kevin McLaughlin, who came on in the second half of the first test, is named in the back row, with Peter O’Mahony swapping places to move into the replacements.

Mike Ross comes back into the team in place of Declan Fitzpatrick at tight head, with Fitzpatrick moving to the replacements instead of Ronan Loughney.

This new line up for this Test has ten players from Leinster who won the Heineken Cup.


15 . Rob Kearney , 14 . Fergus McFadden , 13 . Brian O’Driscoll Captain, 12 . Gordon D’Arcy , 11 . Andrew Trimble , 10 . Jonathan Sexton , 9 . Conor Murray, 1 . Cian Healy , 2 . Rory Best , 3 . Mike Ross , 4 . Dan Touhy , 5 . Donnacha Ryan , 6 . Kevin McLaughlin , 7 . Sean O’Brien , 8 . Jamie Heaslip

Replacements:16 . Sean Cronin , 17 . Declan Fitzpatrick , 18 . Donncha O’Callaghan , 19 . Peter O’Mahony , 20 . Eoin Reddan , 21 . Ronan O’Gara , 22 . Simon Zebo

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