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Four Ulster players named in Ireland squad to face Italy

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Ulster players Rob Herring, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy and Jack McGrath have been named in the Ireland squad to face Italy this weekend.

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Fivemiletown man Chris Farrell, who plays for Munster, starts in the centre for Ireland's first World Cup warm-up game.

Joey Carbery will start at number ten.

With Johnny Sexton having been sidelined earlier in the summer with a thumb injury, the World Rugby Player of the Year has been kept on ice for the game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

That means that Carbery is named to start what will kick off a four-match block of games before Ireland travel to Japan for the World Cup.

The uncapped Jean Kleyn is named to start at second row, while Mike Haley - also uncapped - is selected on the bench.

Leinster nine Luke McGrath will partner Carbery in the half-backs, which will be the 26-year-old's first Ireland appearance since November 2018.

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Munster centre Chris Farrell gets the nod in the centre while Leinster wing Dave Kearney gets the chance to impress.

Ireland vs Italy kicks off at 14.00 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

 

Ireland

15. Jordan Larmour

14. Andrew Conway

13. Garry Ringrose

12. Chris Farrell

11. Dave Kearney

10. Joey Carbery

9. Luke McGrath

1. Jack McGrath

2. Rob Herring

3. Andrew Porter

4. Devin Toner

5. Jean Kleyn

6. Rhys Ruddock (C)

7. Tommy O'Donnell

8. Jordi Murphy

 

Replacements

16. Niall Scannell

17. Cian Healy

18. John Ryan

19. Iain Henderson

20. Tadhg Beirne

21. Kieran Marmion

22. Jack Carty

23. Mike Haley

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