Best of Irish to front Boks

Rory Best will start his first Test at hooker against the Springboks at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Best, who has won four caps as a substitute, replaces the injured Jerry Flannery.

Another Best, Neil, will wear the No 6 jersey having starred against the All Blacks and Wallabies after coming in for the injured Simon Easterby. Denis Leamy starts at No 8 with David Wallace at openside flank.

Ireland’s most-capped player Malcolm O’Kelly is on the bench, while Donncha O’Callaghan keeps his place beside Paul O’Connell.

Girvan Dempsey gets the No 15 jersey ahead of Gordon Murphy.

15 – Girvan Dempsey
14 – Shane Horgan
13 – Brian O’Driscoll
12 – Gordon D’Arcy
11 – Andrew Trimble
10 – Ronan O’Gara
9 – Peter Stringer
8 – Denis Leamy
7 – David Wallace
6 – Neil Best
5 – Paul O’Connell
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan
3 – John Hayes
2 – Rory Best
1 – Marcus Horan

Replacements:

16 – Frankie Sheahan
17 – Bryan Young
18 – Malcolm O’Kelly
19 – Simon Easterby
20 – Isaac Boss
21 – Paddy Wallace
22 – Geordan Murphy