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Open thread: Who would you pick as Ireland's starting XV

A back row of Diack, Ryan and O’Donnell? If you say so.

Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

JOE SCHMIDT NAMED his 37-man squad for next month’s November internationals.

Within the selection, there are five new caps and plenty more interesting prospects as Ireland struggle with a heavy list of injuries in the front row, second row and the Sean O’Brien row.

So, here are the players who will hope to have a role to play in Tests against South Africa, Georgia and Australia between 8 and 22 November.

Which 15 would you give a starting jersey to?

Forwards: Stephen Archer (Munster) 2, Rodney Ah You (Connacht) 1, Rory Best (Ulster) 77, James Cronin (Munster) 1, Seán Cronin (Leinster) 35, Robbie Diack (Ulster) 1, Dave Foley (Munster)*,Chris Henry (Ulster) 16, Jamie Heaslip (Leinster) 67, Dave Kilcoyne (Munster) 10, Mike McCarthy (Leinster) 15, Jack McGrath (Leinster) 10, Paul O’Connell (Munster) 94 captain, Tommy O’Donnell (Munster) 4, Peter O’Mahony (Munster) 23, Mike Ross (Leinster) 41, Rhys Ruddock (Leinster) 3, Dominic Ryan (Leinster)*, Richardt Strauss (Leinster) 4, Devin Toner (Leinster) 17, Nathan White (Connacht) *.

Backs: Tommy Bowe (Ulster) 54, Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster) 79, Craig Gilroy (Ulster) 5, Robbie Henshaw (Connacht) 3, Felix Jones (Munster) 6, Rob Kearney (Leinster) 55, Ian Keatley (Munster) 2, Darragh Leader (Connacht)*, Ian Madigan (Leinster) 10, Kieran Marmion (Connacht) 2, Conor Murray (Munster) 28, Stuart Olding (Ulster) 1, Jared Payne (Ulster)*, Eoin Reddan (Leinster) 55, Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro) 45, Simon Zebo (Munster) 8.

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