O'Mahony will play a key role against the All Blacks

O'Mahony will play a key role against the All Blacks
Peter O'Mahony at Ireland training this week. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

IRELAND coach Joe Schmidt has made four changes to the side that will face the All Blacks in first versus second in world rugby at the Aviva tomorrow, 7pm.

There could be one further change ahead of kick-off as Dan Leavy was forced to sit out Ireland’s final training run at Carton House yesterday.

Leavy is one of four changes from the side who beat Argentina last weekend and there are welcome returns from injury for Rob Kearney (shoulder) and Garry Ringrose (hip).

In the one change that was not enforced, Joe Schmidt has recalled Devin Toner to the tight five in place of Iain Henderson, who drops to the bench.

Kieran Marmion continues to deputise for Conor Murray and again links up with Johnny Sexton at half-back where they will go head to head with Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith in the battle of the game.

The rest of the back line has a familiar look to it with Bundee Aki partnering Ringrose in midfield, with Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls keeping their place on the wings.

Up front, Rory Best retains his starting place, despite a poor outing last weekend, and forms a formidable front-row with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.

Toner is alongside last week’s man of the match James Ryan in the second-row as they lock horns with Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock in one of several mouthwatering match-ups.

Munster pair Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander are again included in the back-row, where they are joined by Leavy.

Josh van der Flier is recalled on the bench, while Luke McGrath gets the nod ahead of John Cooney and Jordan Larmour does the same ahead of Will Addison.

IRELAND: R Kearney; K Earls, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, K Marmion; C Healy, R Best (c), T Furlong; D Toner, J Ryan; P O'Mahony, D Leavy, CJ Stander.

Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, A Porter, I Henderson, J van der Flier, L McGrath, J Carbery, J Larmour.

NEW ZEALAND: D McKenzie; B Smith, J Goodhue, R Crotty, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; K Tu’inukuafe, C Taylor, O Franks; S Whitelock, B Retallick; L Squire, A Savea, K Read (capt).

Replacements: D Coles, O Tu’ungafasi, N Laulala, S Barrett, M Todd, TJ Perenara, R Mo’unga, A Lienert-Brown.

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