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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named the his match-23 to face the Springboks in Saturday’s first Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Peter O’Mahony will captain the team as Ireland get their Summer Tour underway against the Springboks in Pretoria, while Leinster’s Jamie Osborne will win his debut cap as he’s named to start at full-back.

Osborne is joined in the Ireland back three by Calvin Nash and James Lowe, as Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw start in the midfield. There is an all-Munster half-back pairing as Craig Casey and Jack Crowley are named at scrumhalf and flyhalf respectively.

In the pack, Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan and Tadhg Furlong start in the front row, with Joe McCarthy partnering Tadhg Beirne in the engine room. Captain O’Mahony is at blindslide flanker, with Josh van der Flier at openside and Caelan Doris at No 8.

Farrell has strong options on the bench, with Rónan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, James Ryan and Ryan Baird providing the forward reinforcements, with Conor Murray, Ciaran Frawley and Garry Ringrose completing the Ireland Match Day 23.

Ireland team (with caps):

15. Jamie Osborne *
14. Calvin Nash (6)
13. Robbie Henshaw (72)
12. Bundee Aki (56)
11. James Lowe (31)
10. Jack Crowley (14)
9. Craig Casey (14)

1. Andrew Porter (64)
2. Dan Sheehan (26)
3. Tadhg Furlong (76)
4. Joe McCarthy (10)
5. Tadhg Beirne (50)
6. Peter O’Mahony (captain, 105)
7. Josh van der Flier (62)
8. Caelan Doris (41)


16. Rónan Kelleher (31)
17. Cian Healy (129)
18. Finlay Bealham (40)
19. James Ryan (62)
20. Ryan Baird (20)
21. Conor Murray (116)
22. Ciaran Frawley (4)
23. Garry Ringrose (58)

* Denotes uncapped

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