DUNMANWAY’S Darren Sweetnam gets his first start for Ireland against the Flying Fijians in the 2017 Guinness Series at a sold-out Aviva Stadium this Saturday afternoon.
The Munster player earned his long-overdue first cap when coming on as a 74th-minute substitute against South Africa last Saturday and helped provide the platform for Ireland’s final try of the game by Jacob Stockdale in their 38-3 rout of the Springboks.
Rhys Ruddock reprises his summer tour role as captain and is joined in the back row by Jordi Murphy and Jack Conan. Ultan Dillane joins Devin Toner in the engine room with Jack McGrath, Rob Herring and Andrew Porter in the front row.
Kieran Marmion partners Joey Carbery at half-back with Stuart McCloskey and Chris Farrell partnered in the midfield. Andrew Conway is named at fullback with Dave Kearney joining Darren Sweetnam on the wings.
The replacements for Saturday are James Tracy, Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong, Kieran Treadwell, CJ Stander, Luke McGrath, Ian Keatley and Robbie Henshaw.