Gibson-Park starts for Ireland in Boks clash

Gibson-Park starts for Ireland in Boks clash

Ireland's team to face South Africa this coming Saturday in Paris includes scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park.

Andy Farrell has gone with the same back three of Hugo Keenan, Mack Hansen, and James Lowe. Bundee Aki, who has been in form for Ireland this tournament, is set to win his 50th Test cap against the world champions. He lines up with Garry Ringrose for the third consecutive game.

Jonathan Sexton starts as Ireland's other half-back, alongside the already mentioned Gibson-Park.

Andrew Porter, Ronan Kelleher, and Tadhg Furlong start in the front row. Dan Sheehan returns to the side but starts on the bench. Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan start as Ireland's locks. Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, and Caelan Doris round off the starting 15.

David Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Ryan Baird, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, and Robbie Henshaw start as Ireland's replacements.

Ireland vs. South Africa, Rugby World Cup 2023, Stade de France, Saturday, September 23, 9pm local time/8pm Irish time.

Ireland team 

Fullback 15.  Hugo Keenan

Winger 14. Mack Hansen

Centres 13. Garry Ringrose 12. Bundee Aki

Winger 11. James Lowe

Out half 10. Johnny Sexton  Scrum half 9. Jamison Gibson-Park

Front row 1. Andrew Porter 2. Ronan Kelleher 3. Tadhg Furlong

Second row 4. Tadhg Beirne  5. James Ryan

Back row 6. Peter O’Mahony  7. Josh van der Flier  8. Caelan Doris

Replacements: Dan Sheehan, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Ryan Baird, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Robbie Henshaw.

On Tuesday, Jacques Nienaber, the head coach of the South African national rugby team, announced his squad for the game.

Jesse Kriel and Damian de Allende start as the world champions' centers. Damian Willemse, Kurt-Lee Arendse, and Cheslin Kolbe start in a back three.

Manie Libbok and Faf de Klerk start as the country's 9 and 10. Up front, Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, and Frans Malherbe get the nod to start. Eben Etzebeth and Franco Mostert start as the country's locks.

Siya Kolisi starts as the Bok captain, Pieter-Steph du Toit, and Jasper Wiese also start in the back row. Meanwhile, Munster's RG Snyman and Jean Kleyn were listed as substitutes, with seven forwards among the replacements and only one back.

South Africa team

Fullback 15. Damian Willemse

Winger 14. Kurt-Lee Arendse

Centres 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Damian de Allende

Winger 11. Cheslin Kolbe

Out half 10. Manie Libbok, Scrum-half 9 Faf de Klerk;

Front row 1.Steven Kitshoff, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 3. Frans Malherbe

Second row 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Franco Mostert

Back row 6.Siya Kolisi (capt), 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Jasper Wiese.

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Cobus Reinach.