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Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

13.53 1 Jul 2021


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James Ryan has shaken off an adductor issue to captain Ireland in their opening summer series international against Japan this Saturday.

The Leinster lock will be joined in the second-row by Ultan Dillane in the Aviva Stadium encounter, with Dave Kilcoyne, Ronan Kelleher and Finlay Bealham forming the front-row.

Caelan Doris returns to the side at number eight after missing the Six Nations while Peter O'Mahony and Josh van der Flier are the flankers.

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Out-half Joey Carbery starts his first game for Ireland since the 2019 World Cup, he's paired with Jamison Gibson Park in the half-backs.

Stuart McCloskey and Chris Farrell are in midfield with a back-three of Jacob Stockdale, Jordan Larmour and Hugo Keenan.

Munster's player of the season Gavin Coombes is in line to win his first cap from the bench against Jamie Joseph’s side. Japan lost 28-10 against the Lions last weekend.

Ireland team to play Japan:

15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 11 caps
14. Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 29 caps
13. Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 14 caps
12. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 4 caps
11. Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 34 caps
10. Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 22 caps
9. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 9 caps
1. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 43 caps
2. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 11 caps
3. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 14 caps
4. Ultan Dillane (Connacht/Corinthians) 18 caps
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 35 caps captain
6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 75 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 31 caps
8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/UCD) 7 caps

Replacements:

16. Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 21 caps
17. Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 4 caps
18. John Ryan (Munster/Cork Constitution) 23 caps
19. Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 3 caps
20. Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) uncapped
21. Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 1 cap
22. Billy Burns (Ulster) 6 caps
23. Shane Daly (Munster/Cork Constitution) 1 cap

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