Declan Kidney was given plenty to ponder after the Ireland Select XV recorded a 38-3 win over Connacht in Donnybrook on Thursday evening.

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Two converted tries from second rows Mick O’Driscoll and captain Leo Cullen gave the Irish selection a 14-3 lead at half-time, while Niall O’Connor’s penalty was Connacht’s only score.

Further tries after the break from Geordan Murphy, Fergus McFadden, Ian Keatley and Denis Hurley, along with two Paddy Wallace conversions, ensured a comfortable win for Kidney's men.

Ireland Select XV: Geordan Murphy, Johne Murphy, Darren Cave, Ian Keatley, Fergus McFadden; Paddy Wallace , Isaac Boss; Tony Buckley, Sean Cronin, John Hayes, Mick O'Driscoll, Leo Cullen, Kevin McLaughlin, Niall Ronan, Denis Leamy

Replacements used: Conor Murray for Boss (47 mins), Marcus Horan for Hayes (49), Donnacha Ryan for Cullen, Chris Henry for Ronan (both 61), Ian Whitten for Keatley, Damien Varley for Cronin (both 74), Denis Hurley for J Murphy.

Scorers: Ireland Select XV: Tries: Mick O'Driscoll, Leo Cullen, Geordan Murphy, Fergus McFadden, Ian Keatley, Denis Hurley;

Cons: Paddy Wallace 4

Connacht: Pen: Niall O'Connor