Limerick pair named among Irish replacements for Scotland clash

Conor Murray offloads despite a hard tackle from Sione Talitui of Tonga in their World Cup bout in Nantes. Photo: Brendan Moran.

LIMERICK pair Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemian) and Conor Murray (Garryowen) have both been named among the replacements for Ireland’s concluding Pool B Rugby World Cup clash with Scotland in Paris on Saturday, 8pm.

Peter O’Mahony is set to win his 100th cap as he starts in the back row, with the 34-year-old in line to become just the 10th Irish player to reach the landmark.

Hugo Keenan, Mack Hansen and James Lowe start in an unchanged Ireland back three, with Garry Ringrose and Bundee Aki continuing in the midfield.

Captain Johnny Sexton partners Jamison Gibson-Park once again in the half-backs.

Up front, Andrew Porter and Tadhg Furlong pack down either side of Dan Sheehan, with Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson named in the second row. O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and Caelan Doris complete the starting XV.

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The fit-again Jack Conan is in line for his first appearance of Rugby World Cup 2023 as he’s named on the replacements bench, joining forwards Kilcoyne, Ronan Kelleher,  Finlay Bealham and James Ryan, while Murray, Jack Crowley and Stuart McCloskey provide the backline reinforcements.

Saturday’s match is live on Virgin Media One.

Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (captain), Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong; Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: Rónan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, James Ryan, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Stuart McCloskey.