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Jamie Osborne handed Ireland debut for 'best in world' clash with Boks

By Josh Raisey
Jamie Osborne during Leinster Rugby squad training at UCD in Dublin. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Jamie Osborne is set to make his Ireland debut this Saturday against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld.

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The 22-year-old Leinster star will start at fullback in Pretoria, filling the void left by his club teammate Hugo Keenan, who is pursuing an Olympic gold medal with the Ireland Sevens team currently.

Osborne is the only debutant in what is otherwise an experienced team named by Andy Farrell to take on the world champions.

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Munster wing Calvin Nash is the only other player with fewer than ten caps in the starting XV, though replacement fly-half Ciaran Frawley does too.

In what is close to the team that won the Six Nations earlier this year, Craig Casey has got the not to start in the No.9 jersey in place of the injured Jamison Gibson-Park, who has been ruled out of this series with a hamstring injury.

Fixture
Internationals
South Africa
27 - 20
Full-time
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South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus mentioned that Ireland “have a few new players in their ranks this year” when naming his Springboks side earlier this week, but Farrell has turned to many stalwarts in green for this clash.

The squad contains three centurions and a further eight players with over 50 caps, many of whom featured in Ireland’s pool stage victory over South Africa at the World Cup last year- the last time the Boks tasted defeat.

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Ireland XV
15. Jamie Osborne (Naas/Leinster)*
14. Calvin Nash (Young Munster/Munster)(6)
13. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster)(72)
12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht)(56)
11. James Lowe (Leinster)(31)
10. Jack Crowley (Cork Constitution/Munster)(14)
9. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster)(14)
1. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster)(64)
2. Dan Sheehan (Lansdowne/Leinster)(26)
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)(76)
4. Joe McCarthy (Dublin University/Leinster)(10)
5. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster)(50)
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)(captain)(105)
7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)(62)
8. Caelan Doris (St Mary’s College/Leinster)(41)

Replacements
16. Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)(31)
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)(129)
18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht)(40)
19. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster)(62)
20. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster)(20)
21. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)(116)
22. Ciaran Frawley (UCD/Leinster)(4)
23. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)(58)
*Denotes uncapped

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Barry 16 days ago

Exciting squad and a great chance for Casey.

The 9/10 axis could be very interesting with both teams. Boks’ have the test experience and Ireland’s have the better age profile and experience of regular playing at club level.

Baptism of fire for Osborne. Thought Henshaw might get the nod at 15 if only to allow Ringrose to start in the centre.

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Turlough 16 days ago

Didn’t bother reading after “Best in World” click bait title. Its a copy from an Irish Times article more or less anyway.

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Flankly 16 days ago

“Craig Casey has got the not to start in the No.9 jersey”

Looks like Murray “got the not”, whereas Casey got the nod.

Interesting call on fullback. That will certainly get some attention from the SA coaching team over the next 24 hours.

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JoeyFresh62 16 days ago

Feels like a tough assignment without JGP doesn’t it… Boks usually play close matches of late though.

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