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Kelleher bids to Emerge


Cian Kelleher will launch his Emerging Ireland credentials against Uruguay in The Tblisi Cup at The Avchala Stadium in Georgia tomorrow (KO2.0 Irish time).

The 20 year-old back-three, counter-attacker will begin on the right wing as Rory Scannell, 21, takes over from JJ Hanrahan at fly-half.

There is also an opening for sweet passing centre Noel Reid to impress.

Coach Allen Clarke has retained the services of just five starters in captain Rhys Ruddock, prop Stephen Archer, lock Billy Holland, centre Eoin Griffin and wing Matt Healy, joined by ten new faces.

Ireland: P Nelson; C Kelleher, E Griffin, N Reid, M Healy; R Scannell, J Cooney; J Cronin, D Heffernan, S Archer, A Browne, B Holland, R Ruddock (capt), F Taggart, E Masterson.