Gilroy wings it for Ireland
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:15
Ulster wing Craig Gilroy will make his Test debut for Ireland against Argentina in Dublin on Saturday.
Gilroy comes in to win his first full cap on the left wing after impressing in last weekend’s game against Fiji in Thomond Park and will team up in a back three that includes Simon Zebo at fullback, winning his third cap and Tommy Bowe on the right wing.
Gordon D'Arcy and Keith Earls will continue their centre partnership while Jonathan Sexton has recovered from the tight groin he suffered in the warm-up for the Fiji game and starts at flyhalf. Sexton is just two points off notching up 250 for Ireland.
The forwards selection is the same that lined out against the Springboks with Richardt Strauss winning his second full cap in the front row.
Among the replacements, Donncha O'Callaghan could make his 90th appearance for his country if he is called into action.
The team will be captained by Jamie Heaslip for the third consecutive game.
Ireland: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Michael Bent, 19 Donncha O'Callaghan, 20 Iain Henderson, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ronan O'Gara, 23 Fergus McFadden.
Date: Saturday, November 24
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 14.00 (14.00 GMT; 11.00 Arg time)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Andrew Small (England)
TMO: Geoff Warren (England)
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