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Les Kiss makes Ireland changes for Canada

Updated: Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 22:02 | Comments

James Downey starts at centre
James Downey starts at centre

The Ireland team to play Canada on Saturday shows a number of changes from the game against the USA last weekend as coach Les Kiss’s charges prepare for their final game of the season.

There is another new cap selected as centre James Downey dons the green jersey for the first time alongside Darren Cave in a new centre partnership.

Andrew Trimble will win his 50th cap for Ireland in a back three that includes Fergus McFadden and Felix Jones.

Up front Tom Court joins the front row, while Dan Tuohy forms a new second row pairing with Devin Toner.

Tommy O’Donnell starts having won his first cap last weekend with Kevin McLaughlin and captain Peter O’Mahony completing the back row.

Speaking ahead of the game Ireland coach Les Kiss said: “We are anticipating a tough game against a very good Canada side that have put together a run of three wins in the Pacific Nations Cup.

“The experience gained on this tour is invaluable and I have no doubt that the players will respond well in what will be another challenging test.”

Ireland XV to play Canada: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Darren Cave, 12 James Downey, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss, 1 Tom Court, 2 Richardt Strauss, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Dan Tuohy, 5 Devin Toner, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 8 Peter O’Mahony.

Replacements:16 Sean Cronin, 17 David Kilcoyne, 18 Declan Fitzpatrick, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Chris Henry, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Robbie Henshaw.

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