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Ireland will take on the Barbarians at Thomond Park in Limerick, kick off 7:45pm Thursday. Jamie Heaslip will captain Ireland team this Thursday night.

“This promises to be a truly memorable occasion as both the IRFU and Munster welcome the Barbarians back to Ireland again. The celebrated Barbarians brand of rugby will bring an entertaining game to Thomond Park and one which I am sure Ireland and rugby fans will look forward to seeing,” said Irish Rugby Football Union President Louis Magee.

Heaslip is joined by 10 of his Leinster teammates in the squad with Jack Conan, Rhys Ruddock and Jordi Murphy selected in the back row. Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney, Ian Madigan and Eoin Reddan are also all named in the backs.

The Barbarians side will be packed full of leading international stars with further player and team announcements in the New Year. The club also anticipate a number of in-form Munster players will be invited to join their squad which will be of further interest to the local fans.