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Geordan Murphy to lead Ireland versus New Zealand Maori

Geordan Murphy
Murphy has played all across the backline for Ireland in his 67 appearances

Geordan Murphy will captain Ireland against New Zealand Maori in the centenary fixture at Rotorua on Friday.

It will be the first time that the full-back, who made his 67th appearance as a substitute during Saturday's 66-28 loss to New Zealand, has led the side.

In a much-changed line-up, Rhys Ruddock will be on the blindside of the scrum, with Chris Henry at number eight.

Shane Horgan and Johne Murphy will play on the wings and Gavin Duffy and Paddy Wallace are to be paired in the centre.

Leinster forward Ruddock, the son of former Wales coach Mike Ruddock, was drafted into the Ireland squad on Sunday after banned Jamie Heaslip and injured John Muldoon were ruled out of the remainder of the tour.

Ruddock had been captaining the Ireland side at the Under-20 World Cup.

The half-back combination will be Eoin Reddan at scrum-half and Jonathan Sexton at fly-half.

The team features a new front row combination of props Marcus Horan and Tom Court, and hooker John Fogarty.

Fogarty won his first cap in Ireland's 66-28 hammering by the All Blacks on Saturday.

Another rookie from that match, Dan Touhy, will start alongside his Ulster colleague Ed O'Donoghue in the second row.

The match is part of the centenary celebrations of the Maori team.

Ireland team: G Murphy (captain); S Horgan, G Duffy, P Wallace, J Murphy; J Sexton, E Reddan; M Horan, J Fogarty, T Court, E O'Donoghue, D Tuohy, R Ruddock, N Ronan, C Henry.
Replacements: S Cronin, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, D Wallace, P Stringer, R O'Gara, R Kearney.

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