Sean O'Brien gets the nod as Ireland name team to face New Zealand

There's no Ultan Dillane included in the side

BY Newstalk 14:21 Thursday 17 November 2016, 14:21 17 Nov 2016

Sean O'Brien has been included in the Ireland side named to face back-to-back world champions New Zealand this weekend at the Aviva Stadium.

Joe Schmidt's side look to make it two wins from two against the All Blacks this year, following their historic victory over Steve Hansen's side in Chicago earlier in the month. 

Schmidt, who named 15 changes for their Test Series victory over Canada last weekend, has also ruled out Ultan Dillane from the squad with a thigh injury.

Earlier today Steve Hansen commented: "As expected, there is huge excitement and anticipation within our squad ahead of this weekend’s Test against the Irish.

"While there was obvious disappointment at the loss in Chicago, disappointment doesn’t win Test matches - it’s about having great preparation and attitude, and delivering on the day.

"We know the challenge we face from Ireland will again be massive and we are going into the game as the underdogs. They’ll be full of confidence and committed to delivering on their home patch.

"So we will have to take a massive step up, to get the performance we are looking for. It is a challenge that this team needs right now and how we respond will tell us a lot about ourselves. As I said, we are very much looking forward to Saturday."

Ireland XV to face New Zealand

1) Jack McGrath
2) Rory Best
3) Tadhg Furlong
4) Devin Toner
5) Donnacha Ryan
6) CJ Stander
7) Seán O'Brien
8) Jamie Heaslip

9) Conor Murray
10) Johnny Sexton
11) Simon Zebo
12) Robbie Henshaw
13) Jared Payne
14) Andrew Trimble
15) Rob Kearney


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