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Johne starts Irish cup campaign

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Johne Murphy will open the Barclays Churchill Cup campaign with a starting place on the wing for Ireland A on Wednesday.

Leicester Tigers’ top try-scorer in 2008/09, Murphy will be playing in his second Churchill Cup when the Irish kick off against Canada in Colorado.

Ireland A are being led by the senior national coaching staff, including head coach Declan Kidney.

Ireland A v Canada (Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado, Wednesday)
15 Denis Hurley (Cork Constitution/Munster)
14 Fionn Carr (Galwegians/Connacht)
13 Fergus McFadden (UCD/Leinster)
12 Keith Matthews (Buccaneers/Connacht)
11 Johne Murphy (Leicester Leicester)
10 Niall O'Connor (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
9 Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster, captain)

1 Bryan Young (Ballymena/Ulster)
2 Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)
3 Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster)
4 Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
5 Devon Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
6 Neil Best (Northampton Saints)
7 Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
8 Chris Henry (Ballymena/Ulster)

16 Dennis Fogarty (Cork Constitution/Munster)
17 Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
18 Trevor Hogan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
19 John Muldoon (Buccanneers/Connacht)
20 Frank Murphy (Buccaneers/Connacht)
21 Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)
22 James Downey (Northampton Saints)