Ireland v Georgia
Reddan captains experimental Ireland
ESPN Staff
November 14, 2014
Eoin Reddan captains a much-changed Ireland side against Georgia © Getty Images

Scrum-half Eoin Reddan captains a much-changed Ireland side to face Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Joe Schmidt, who has chosen to rest many of his big names, has handed debuts Dave Foley at lock and Dominic Ryan on the blindside, while Ian Madigan starts at fly-half.

Darren Cave and Gordon D'Arcy return in the centres after injury kept the latter out of last weekend's victory over South Africa. It is the first time Reddan has captained his country and he's joined at half-back by Leinster's talented utility back Madigan.

Simon Zebo continues on the left wing as Craig Gilroy comes in for his Ulster team-mate Tommy Bowe on the other flank. Felix Jones starts in the 15 jersey to complete the back three.

In the front row, Mike Ross is retained at tighthead and is joined by Dave Kilcoyne and Richardt Strauss. Mike McCarthy joins Munsterman Foley in the second row and Ryan lines up with Tommy O'Donnell and Robbie Diack in the back row.

No.8 Robin Copeland awaits his international bow from the bench, alongside Rodney Ah You, Kieran Marmion, Ian Keatley and Stuart Olding. Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath and devin Toner add experience for what should be a bruising encounter against the physical Georgians.

Ireland: Jones; Gilroy, Cave, D'Arcy, Zebo; Madigan, Reddan (capt); Kilcoyne, Strauss, Ross; Foley, McCarthy; Ryan, O'Donnell, Diack.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Rodney Ah You, Devin Toner, Robin Copeland, Kieran Marmion, Ian Keatley, Stuart Olding.

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