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Seven Munster Men In Ireland Squad

9th November 2017 By The Editor

Darren Sweetnam has been named in the Ireland matchday 23 for the first time

Munster’s Darren Sweetnam is set to make his Ireland debut against South Africa at the Aviva on Saturday in the first game of the Guinness Series (5.30pm).

Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, CJ Stander & Andrew Conway all start for Ireland with Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan & the uncapped Sweetnam among the replacements.

Rory Best returns to captain the side having missed the Summer Tour as a member of the British & Irish Lions squad. Best is joined in the front row by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.

Iain Henderson and Devin Toner pack down in the second row. O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien, who will win his 50th cap, are on the flanks with CJ Stander at No.8.

Murray and Johnny Sexton fill the half-back slots while Bundee Aki will win his first cap for Ireland alongside his former provinical colleague Robbie Henshaw.

Jacob Stockdale and Conway are named on the wings with Rob Kearney at fullback.

The uncapped Sweetnam is named in the replacements, while James Ryan, who earned his first cap on on the Summer Tour is also included.

The opening Test match of the 2017 Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium against South Africa kicks off at 17.30 and has been sold out since early October.

The third game of the series against Argentina is also sold out while there remain a limited number of tickets available for the middle fixture against Fiji.

Ireland Team & Replacements (v South Africa, Guinness Series 2017, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, November 11, 5.30pm)

15 Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 76 caps

14 Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 3 caps

13 Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 29 caps

12 Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht)*

11 Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 2 caps

10 Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 66 caps

9 Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 57 caps

1 Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 70 caps

2 Rory Best (c) (Banbridge/Ulster) c 104 caps

3 Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 16 caps

4 Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 32 caps

5 Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 50 caps

6 Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 40 caps

7 Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 49 caps

8 CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 15 caps

Replacements

16 Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 1 cap

17 Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 20 caps

18 John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 9 caps

19 James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps

20 Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 16 caps

21 Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 16 caps

22 Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 4 caps

23 Darren Sweetnam (Cork Constitution/Munster)*

*Denotes Uncapped Player

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