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Published: 14:01 | 9/6/16

Payne starts at full back for Ireland

Joe Schmidt has rung the changes ahead of Ireland's first Test against South Africa on Saturday in Cape Town.

With Rob Kearney, Simon Zebo and Johnny Sexton ruled out of the tour through injury, Schmidt has named Jared Payne at full-back for the first time, with Andrew Trimble and Keith Earls lining up on the wings.

After helping Connacht to the Guinness PRO12 title, Robbie Henshaw gets the nod to start in the centre alongside Luke Marshall, while Paddy Jackson is recalled to cover Sexton at fly-half. Conor Murray joins Jackson in the half-back line.

Jack McGrath, Rory Best and Mike Ross form the front row as Devin Toner starts in the second row alongside Iain Henderson.

Jordi Murphy is named at openside, CJ Stander at blindside and Jamie Heaslip at Number 8.

Meanwhile, the replacements bench

Ireland (XV v South Africa): J Payne; A Trimble, R Henshaw, L Marshall, K Earls; P Jackson, C Murray; J McGrath, R Best, M Ross, I Henderson, D Toner, CJ Stander, J Murphy, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, F Bealham, T Furlong, U Dillane, R Ruddock, K Marmion, I Madigan, C Gilroy.

Carbery and Byrne earn senior contracts

22:59 | 27/2/17

Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne are among seven members of the Leinster Academy that have been awarded senior contracts.

Kearney to undergo scan

15:25 | 27/2/17

Rob Kearney is to undergo a scan on the groin injury he sustained in Ireland's RBS Six Nations win over France on Saturday.

Jones and Hartley both slam and praise Italian tactics

18:37 | 26/2/17

England coach Eddie Jones has slammed Italy’s tactics in their Six Nations clash at Twickenham today.

England overcome battling Italy at Twickenham

17:08 | 26/2/17

England made it three wins from three in the Six Nations as they saw of a spirited and hugely committed effort from Italy on a 36-15 scoreline.

Pro12: Ulster and Connacht claim bonus points in Italy

14:30 | 26/2/17

Ulster claimed a bonus-point with in Italy with a six-try victory over Zebre in the Pro12.

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