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All change for Ireland squad v Fiji

By Duncan Bech

Ireland have retained only three players for Saturday's non-cap international against Fiji at Thomond Park.

Captain Jamie Heaslip, scrum-half Conor Murray and tighthead Mike Ross are the surviving trio who started last weekend's 16-12 defeat by South Africa.

The three uncapped players in the XV are supplied by Ulster - inside centre Luke Marshall, wing Craig Gilroy and fly-half Paddy Jackson.

In-form Ulster scrum-half Paul Marshall features on a strong the bench that includes Cian Healy, Donnacha Ryan and Jonathan Sexton.

New Zealand-born prop Michael Bent, who made his Test debut against the Springboks despite arriving in Ireland only two weeks earlier, must settle for a place among the replacements after losing out to Ross.

"We know it will be a difficult test and this is a vote of confidence for the players we've picked," coach Declan Kidney said.

"We know they'll do a job and they've been training really well over the last two and a half weeks. We feel they deserve their go."

Ireland, who face Argentina in the climax to their Guinness Series on Saturday week, have won all three previous meetings with Fiji.

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Ireland XV to face Fiji at Thomond Park, Limerick, on Saturday November 17, 1730:

D Hurley (Munster); F McFadden (Leinster), D Cave (Ulster) L Marshall (Ulster), C Gilroy (Ulster); P Jackson (Ulster), C Murray (Munster); D Kilcoyne (Munster), S Cronin (Leinster), M Ross (Leinster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), D Tuohy (Ulster), I Henderson (Ulster), J Muldoon (Connacht), J Heaslip (Leinster, capt).

Replacements: R Strauss (Leinster), C Healy (Leinster), M Bent (Leinster), D Ryan (Munster), C Henry (Ulster), P Marshall (Ulster), J Sexton (Leinster) S Zebo (Munster).

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