Ireland make three changes for New Zealand

Ireland have made three changes for the final June tour Test against the New Zealand All Blacks with two in the backs and one in the forward pack, from the side that took the field in the second test in Christchurch.

Paddy Wallace, who was called out as a replacement for the tour after Gordon D’Arcy returned home injured, goes straight into the side at inside centre in place of D’Arcy.

Keith Earls has recovered from his chest injury he picked up in the first test and is selected on the left wing in place of Andrew Trimble, who moves to the replacements.

Peter O’Mahony, who came off the bench during the second test, is selected to start at No.8 as Jamie Heaslip is ruled out due to a broken finger.

Back row Chris Henry comes into the replacements to fill the spot left after O’Mahony’s promotion to the starting fifteen.


15 . Rob Kearney , 14 . Fergus McFadden , 13 . Brian O’Driscoll (C), 12 . Paddy Wallace, 11 . Keith Earls , 10 . Jonathan Sexton , 9 . Conor Murray , 1 . Cian Healy , 2 . Rory Best , 3 . Mike Ross , 4 . Dan Tuohy , 5 . Donnacha Ryan , 6 . Kevin McLaughlin , 7 . Sean O’Brien , 8 . Peter O’Mahony

Replacements:, 16 . Sean Cronin , 17 . Declan Fitzpatrick , 18 . Donncha O’Callaghan , 19 . Chris Henry , 20 . Eoin Reddan , 21 . Ronan O’Gara , 22 . Andrew Trimble

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