Rugby: Three changes for Ireland team

Paddy Wallace will start for ireland. Photo / Getty Images
Paddy Wallace will start for ireland. Photo / Getty Images

The Ireland team to play New Zealand in features three changes - two in the backs and one in the forwards.

The team, to face the All Blacks in Hamilton on Saturday night, was announced at a press conference in Queenstown this morning.

Paddy Wallace, called in as a replacement after Gordon D'Arcy returned to Ireland injured, goes straight into the side at second-five. Keith Earls has recovered from the chest injury picked up in the first test and has been selected on the left wing, replacing Andrew Trimble who has moved to the bench. Peter O'Mahony, who came off the bench during the second test, has been selected at No8, with Jamie Heaslip ruled out with a broken finger.

Back rower Chris Henry comes into the bench to fill O'Mahony's spot.

Ireland team to face the All Blacks at Waikato Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 7.35pm is: Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Brian O'Driscoll (c), Paddy Wallace, Keith Earls, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray. Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Kevin McLaughlin, Donnacha Ryan, Dan Tuohy, Mike Ross, Rory Best, Cian Healy. Reserves: Sean Cronin, Declan Fitzpatrick, Donncha O'Callaghan, Chris Henry, Eion Reddan, Ronan O'Gara, Andrew Trimble.

- Otago Daily Times

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