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The Ireland ‘A’ Match Day Squad that will take on the All Blacks XV at The RDS on Friday evening has been named.
The game, which will kick-off at 7.45pm and will be broadcast live on Virgin Media, will feature 12 players who played against the Māori All Blacks during last summer’s tour of New Zealand.
The dozen players are Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes, Ciarán Frawley, Dave Heffernan, James Hume, Jeremy Loughman, Michael Lowry, Joe McCarthy, Jimmy O’Brien, Tom O’Toole, Cian Prendergast and Nick Timoney.
There are seven uncapped players named in the starting line-up with a further four uncapped players among the replacements.
Leinster’s Jamie Osborne is one of three players from the Emerging Ireland squad in the starting line-up alongside Connacht’s Cian Prendergast and Leinster’s Joe McCarthy.
Diarmuid Barron, Jack Crowley, Max Deegan and Calvin Nash, who were on the Emerging Ireland Tour to South Africa, are named among the replacements for Friday evening’s fixture.
Munster’s Craig Casey will captain the side which features Jacob Stockdale on the wing. The Ulsterman’s last game for Ireland was against Japan in July 2021.
Meanwhile, Marty Moore, who last played for Ireland against Scotland in March 2015, is also on the replacements bench.
Ireland ‘A’ v All Blacks XV (RDS, Friday, November 4th, 7.45pm)
15. Michael Lowry (Ulster/Banbridge) 1 cap
14. Jimmy O’Brien (Leinster/Naas) uncapped
13. Jamie Osborne (Leinster/Naas) uncapped
12. James Hume (Ulster/Banbridge) 3 caps
11. Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 35 caps
10. Ciaran Frawley (Leinster/Skerries) uncapped
9. Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 5 caps Captain
1. Jeremy Loughman (Munster/Garryowen) uncapped
2. Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 7 caps
3. Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 3 caps
4. Joe McCarthy (Leinster/Dublin) uncapped
5. Gavin Thornbury (Connacht) uncapped
6. Cian Prendergast (Connacht) uncapped
7. Nick Timoney (Ulster/Banbridge) 2 caps
8. Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) 2 caps
16. Diarmuid Barron (Munster/Garryowen) uncapped
17. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 48 caps
18. Marty Moore (Ulster) 10 caps
19. Ross Molony (Leinster/UCD) uncapped
20. Max Deegan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 1 cap
21. Caolin Blade (Connacht/Galwegians) 1 cap
22. Jack Crowley (Munster/Cork Constitution) uncapped
23. Calvin Nash (Munster/Young Munster) uncapped
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