Irish Team V Divisional XV

Irish Team V Divisional XV

Post by Stephen Doyl » Fri, 07 Jun 2002 05:26:02

05/06/02: Sale centre Mel Deane is the only uncapped player in Ireland's
team to face a New Zealand Divisional XV in the first game of their
three-match tour in Timaru on Saturday.

Deane will partner Lions centre Brian O'Driscoll in midfield for the only
game on the itinerary before the Irish take on the All Blacks in
back-to-back Tests.

Keith Wood will captain the side at *** and is joined in the front row by
Leinster captain Reggie Corrigan and Munster prop John Hayes.

The only absentee through injury will be Malcolm O'Kelly, who has a shin
problem. The Irish second row will feature Paul O'Connell and Gary Longwell
as a result.

Ireland team
Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College), Bishop (London Irish), O'Driscoll
(Leinster/Blackrock College), Deane (Sale), Howe (Ulster/Dungannon),
Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon), Easterby (Llanelli); Corrigan
(Leinster/Lansdowne), Wood (capt, Harlequins), Hayes (Munster/Shannon),
Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena), O'Connell (Munster/Young Munster), Quinlan
(Munster/Shannon), Gleeson (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Foley
(Munster/Shannon). Replacements to be announced.

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