Ireland v Fiji: Declan Kidney calls up uncapped Ulster trio
Ireland v Fiji: Declan Kidney names uncapped Ulster trio Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackon in his line-up
Declan Kidney has made sweeping changes to Ireland’s starting line-up for the second autumn international against Fiji at Thomond Park on Friday.
The 53-year-old has included uncapped Ulster trio Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackon in his 23-man squad.
Ireland suffered a 16-12 loss to South Africa in the opening match of the Guinness 2012 Series, extending their losing streak to five Tests.
But Kidney is confident his squad can produce an encouraging performance this weekend, with Ireland having won all of their previous clashes with the Fijians.
“We know it will be a difficult test and this is a vote of confidence for the players we’ve picked,” 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 team to face Fiji: D Hurley (Munster); F McFadden (Leinster), D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy; P Jackson (all Ulster), C Murray (Munster); D Kilcoyne (Munster) , S Cronin, M Ross (both Leinster); D O’Callaghan (Munster), D Tuohy; I Henderson (both Ulster), J Muldoon (Connacht), J Heaslip (Leinster, capt).
Replacements: C Healy, R Strauss, M Bent (all Leinster), D Ryan (Munster), C Henry, P Marshall (both Ulster), J Sexton (Leinster), S Zebo (Munster).