Craig Gilroy gets the nod for Argentina clash at Aviva Stadium

INCLUDED: Ulster winger Craig Gilroy
INCLUDED: Ulster winger Craig Gilroy

As expected Ulster star Craig Gilroy will start for Ireland against Argentina in the final game of the Guinness Series on Saturday.

Gilroy comes in to win his first full cap on the left wing after impressing in last week’s game against Fiji at Thomond Park.

He will team up in a back three that includes Simon Zebo at full back, winning his third cap and Ulster teammate Tommy Bowe on the right wing.

Gordon D’Arcy and Keith Earls will continue their centre partnership and Jonathan Sexton is named to start at No.10 after recovering from the tight groin he suffered in the warm up for the Fiji game and forced him to withdraw from the squad.

The forwards selection is the same that lined out for the opening game of the Guinness Series with Richardt Strauss winning his second full cap in the front row. Among the replacements, Donncha O’Callaghan could make his 90th appearance for his country if he is called into action.

The team will be captained by Jamie Heaslip for the third consecutive game in the Guinness Series.

Ireland Team to play Argentina on Saturday, November 24 in the 2012 Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Kick off 2pm:

(Player/club/province/international caps)

BACKS: 15 – Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster/2); 14 – Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster/50); 13 – Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster/33); 12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster/70); 11 – Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)*; 10 – Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary’s College/Leinster/33); 9 – Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster/13)

FORWARDS: 1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster/34); 2 – Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster/1); 3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster/23); 4 – Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster/22); 5 – Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers/Connacht/5); 6 – Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster/8); 7 – Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster/3); 8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster/51) Captain

Replacements: 16 – Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster/22); 17 – David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster/1); 18 – Michael Bent (Leinster/1); 19 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster/89); 20 – Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster/1); 21 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster/46); 22 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster/125); 23 – Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster/15)