Thursday, November 10, 2022

AFTER the outstanding  Irish debut of Eadestown’s Jimmy O’Brien off the bench against South Africa on Saturday last comes the news that Athy’s Jeremy Loughman will start for the first time at loosehead against Fiji next Saturday.


Athy’s Jeremy Loughman (Munster) makes his debut for Ireland against Fiji on Saturday Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Munster man will start in the the front row alongside Rob Herring and captain for the day, Tadhg Furlong.

Eadestown’s Jimmy O’Brien will earn his second cap from the full back position while another Eadestown man, Tadhg Beirne, continues in the second row.

Athy’s Joey Carbery will man the outhalf position in place of Irish captain, Johnny Sexton.

Another Kildare player, Cian Prendergast, is most likely to earn his first cap off the bench on Saturday. The former Newbridge College player, who plays for Connacht, has been impressive with the Ireland “A” side.

Ireland V Fiji: Jimmy O’Brien, Robert Baloucoune, Robbie Henshaw, Stuart McCloskey, Mack Hansen, Joey Carbery, Jamison Gibson-Park, Jeremy Loughman, Ron Herring, Tadhg Furlong (captain), Kieran Treadwell, Tadhg Beirne, Caelan Doris, Nick Timoney, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Tom O’Toole, Cian Prendergast, Max Deegan, Craig Casey, Jack Crowley, Garry Ringrose.

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