Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock to captain Ireland Wolfhounds
Rhys Ruddock has been confirmed as captain of the Ireland Wolfhounds for Saturday's clash with England Saxons.
Last Updated: 23/01/14 3:25pm
The Leinster flanker, the son of former Wales coach and current Ireland U20s boss Mike Ruddock, will lead out a strong line-up at Kingsholm.
Ruddock, who won his only senior cap on the 2010 summer tour of Australia, will start alongside Leinster team-mate Richardt Strauss just three months after the hooker underwent heart surgery.
Fit-again Ulster wing Craig Gilroy also starts, while Munster wing Simon Zebo is among the replacements as he as he steps up his return from a long-term foot injury.
Connacht's Kieran Marmion is also on the bench after he escaped suspension following his citing in the Heineken Cup defeat to Saracens last weekend.
A Heineken Cup disciplinary committee ruled Marmion's act of foul play did not warrant a red card, leaving him free to face the Saxons.
Leinster tighthead Martin Moore starts in the front row, with former Gloucester lock Dan Tuohy making a return to his old stomping ground.
Cardiff Blues' Munster-bound number eight Robin Copeland has a chance to impress, while Isaac Boss and Ian Madigan form an experienced half-back duo.
Ireland Wolfhounds: 15 Jones, 14 McFadden, 13 Henshaw, 12 Cave, 11 Gilroy, 10 Madigan, 9 Boss; 1 Kilcoyne, 2 Herring, 3 Moore, 4 Henderson, 5 Tuohy, 6 Ruddock, 7 O'Donnell, 8 Copeland
Replacements: 16 Strauss, 17 McGrath, 18 Archer, 19 Diack, 20 Murphy, 21 Marmion, 22 Keatley, 23 Zebo