Openside flanker Dan Leavy has been ruled out of Ireland’s clash with the All Blacks in Dublin on Saturday and replaced by Josh van der Flier.
Jordi Murphy has taken Van der Flier’s place on the bench. It is bad luck for Ireland, who had first-choice opensider Sean O’Brien ruled out earlier in the week with a broken arm.
An Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) spokesman confirmed Leavy had failed a fitness test at Friday’s training session’.
“Dan Leavy had a fitness test this morning and it was decided he was not 100 per cent, so he will miss the match due to general tightness,” an IRFU spokesman confirmed.
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour
Date: Saturday, November 17
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)