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Only two Munster players named to start for Ireland against Wales

PETER O’Mahony returns to the Ireland starting fifteenas the Ireland Coaching Team named their squad for their first Guinness Series game of the Autumn Nations Cup as they welcome Wales to the Aviva Stadium on Friday night. Munster’s Chris Farrell is in the centre and, with O’Mahony, they are the only players from the southern province starting the game. Keith Earls and Conor Murray (pictured) are named on the bench. Captain Johnny Sexton links up with provincial partner Jamison Gibson Park at half-back and Robbie Henshaw switches to inside centre to accommodate Chris Farrell at 13. Jacob Stockdale lines out at fullback and is joined in the backfield by Hugo Keenan and the uncapped James Lowe.

In the pack Cian Healy and Andrew Porter are joined by Ronan Kelleher at hooker. Iain Henderson returns to the second row to partner James Ryan. The backrow sees Caelan Doris switch to No.8 with Peter O’Mahony at 6 and Josh van der Flier at 7.
The replacements include Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux, Will Connors, Conor Murray, Billy Burns and Keith Earls.
Kick-off at the Aviva Stadium is 7.00pm on Friday 13th November and the game is being televised by RTE and Channel 4.
Ireland Team to Play Wales – 2020 Guinness Series / Autumn Nations Cup
15. Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 30 caps
14. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 2 caps
13. Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 10 caps
12. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 45 caps
11. James Lowe (Leinster) uncapped
10. Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 93 caps CAPTAIN
9. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 2 caps
1.Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 100 caps
2. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 3 caps
3. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 28 caps
4. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 55 caps
5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 28 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 69 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 26 caps
8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 4 caps
Replacements
16. Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 3 caps
17. Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 2 caps
18. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 11 caps
19. Quinn Roux (Connacht/Galwegians) 12 caps
20. Will Connors (Leinster/UCD) 2 caps
21. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 83 caps
22. Billy Burns (UIster) uncapped
23. Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 84 caps

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