Keith Earls to Captain Ireland against Maori All Blacks

Andy Farrell has announced the Ireland side that will play against the Māori All Blacks in the Sky Stadium in Wellington on Tuesday (Kick-off 7.05pm NZ time/8.05am Irish time). Keith Earls will captain Ireland for the first time as Ireland seek to square the Series against the Māori All Blacks having lost the first fixture in Hamilton. Michael Lowry is introduced at fullback with Jimmy O’Brien switching to the left wing and Jordan Larmour is on the right. Craig Casey and Ciaran Frawley are retained at half-back while Stuart McCloskey comes into partner Earls in the midfield. The front row consists of Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell and Tom O’Toole with Joe McCarthy and Kieran Treadwell named at lock. The backrow from the first game against the Māori is retained with Cian Prendergast at 6, Nick Timoney at 7 and Gavin Coombes at No.8. The replacements include Rob Herring, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery and Mack Hansen. The game will be televised live by SKY Sports at 8.05am Irish time. Ireland Team 15. Michael Lowry (Banbridge/Ulster) 1 cap 14. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 30 caps 13. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) (capt) 97 caps 12. Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster) 6 caps 11. Jimmy O’Brien (Naas/Leinster) 10. Ciaran Frawley (Skerries/Leinster) 9. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster) 5 caps 1. Jeremy Loughman (Garryowen/Munster) 2. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 20 caps 3. Tom O’Toole (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 2 caps 4. Joe McCarthy (Dublin University/Leinster) 5. Kieran Treadwell (Ballymena/Ulster) 7 caps 6. Cian Prendergast (Connacht) 7. Nick Timoney (Banbridge/Ulster) 2 caps 8. Gavin Coombes (Young Munster/Munster) 2 caps Replacements 16. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 27 caps 17. Ed Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 6 caps 18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 24 caps 19. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster) 8 caps 20. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 29 caps 21. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 98 caps 22. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 34 caps 23. Mack Hansen (Connacht) 5 caps The post Keith Earls to Captain Ireland against Maori All Blacks appeared first on Munster Rugby.