Waterford’s Jack O’Donoghue in training with the Irish squad ahead of the first test against Japan on Saturday, where he should earn his second cap. Photo: Inpho.
Woodstown’s Jack O’Donoghue looks set to earn his second senior Irish rugby cap on Saturday after he was this morning named on the bench by Joe Schmidt for the test against Japan at the Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka on Saturday afternoon.
The Munster back-row forward made his debut for Ireland against Canada in the November Internationals and will no doubt be thrilled to be back in match-day squad this weekend.
Jack is one of eight Munster men in the squad, with six starters and two on the bench.
There are two uncapped players among the replacements – in Ulster’s Kieran Treadwell and Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin.
The match kicks off at 14:00 local time (06:00 Irish time) and is being broadcast by Eir in the Republic of Ireland.
IRELAND v Japan – Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan
15. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 34 caps
14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 1 cap
13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 9 caps
12. Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 1 cap
11. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 60 caps
10. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 23 caps
9. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 68 caps
2. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 5 caps
3. John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 7 caps
4. Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 2 caps
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 48 caps
6. Rhys Ruddock (c) (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 14 caps
7. Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps
8. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 2 cap
16. James Tracy (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 18 caps
18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 6 caps
19. Kieran Treadwell (Ballymena/Ulster) uncapped
20. Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) 1 cap
21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 14 caps
22. Rory O’Loughlin (Old Belvedere/Leinster) uncapped
23. Tiernan O’Halloran (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4 caps