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Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK


Sport: Rugby Union

Irish debut for Mostyn

Mostyn (right) in action against his former side New South Wales on Saturday

Ireland have handed a first Test cap to wing Matt Mostyn for the clash with Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

Mostyn's debut comes in the country of his birth.

The former New South Wales player, who qualifies for Ireland through a grandfather, played in the A team's 73-17 victory over their Italian counterparts at Donnybrook in April.

Ireland also give Test debuts to Garryowen scrum-half Tom Tierney and UCD centre Brian O'Driscoll.

Fourteen of the team have been confirmed, with one of Victor Costello, Trevor Brennan and David Corkery to be named at flanker later this week.

Ireland team to play Australia:

C O'Shea (London Irish); J Bishop (London Irish), K Maggs (Bath), B O'Driscoll (UCD), M Mostyn (Begles-Bordeaux); D Humphreys (Dungannon), T Tierney (Garryowen), D O'Cuinneagain (Sale, capt), A Ward (Ballynahinch), V Costello (St Mary's Coll)/T Brennan (St Mary's Coll)/D Corkery (Cork Constitution), P Johns (Saracens), J Davidson (Castres), P Wallace (Saracens), K Wood (Harlequins), P Clohessy (Young Munster). Reserves: C Scally (UCD), J Bell (Dungannon), M O'Kelly (London Irish), E Elwood (Galwegians), R Corrigan (Lansdowne), R Nesdale (Newcastle).



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