Ireland name side for Japan match this weekend

Rhys Ruddock continues to captain the side

Ireland name side for Japan match this weekend

Niall Scannell Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The Ireland coaching group has named the Ireland squad that will play Japan at the Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka on Saturday.
Ireland captain Rhys Ruddock is joined in the backrow by Dan Leavy and Jack Conan.  Quinn Roux and Devin Toner are paired in the second row with Cian Healy, Niall Scannell and John Ryan filling the front row positions.
Luke McGrath makes his first start for Ireland at scrum-half and his half-back partner is Paddy Jackson.

Rory Scannell starts at inside centre alongside Garry Ringrose in midfield and there is an all Munster back three combination with Simon Zebo at fullback and Keith Earls and Andrew Conway named on the wings.
There are two uncapped players among the replacements – Kieran Treadwell and Rory O'Loughlin alongside James Tracy, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Jack O'Donoghue, Kieran Marmion and Tiernan O'Halloran.
The match kicks off at 14:00 local time (06:00 Irish time).

Ireland team and replacements to play Japan:

(15-9): Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls, Paddy Jackson, Luke McGrath.

(1-8): Cian Healy, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Quinn Roux, Devin Toner, Rhys Ruddock (capt), Dan Leavy, Jack Conan.

Replacements (16-23): James Tracy, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Kieran Treadwell, Jack O'Donoghue, Kieran Marmion, Rory O'Loughlin, Tiernan O'Halloran.