Ireland v Samoa – Preview & Starting team

Joe Schmidt has named his strongest possible side for Ireland v Samoa on Saturday, kick-off 11:45am. Robbie Henshaw makes his first start and renews his centre partnership with Bundee Aki.

Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray form a familiar and experienced half back partnership while in the back three Jordan Larmour is at full-back with Keith Earls, who won his 80th cap last time out, and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.

Iain Henderson and James Ryan are again partnered in the second row while the back-row sees CJ Stander at No. 8 with Tadhg Beirne starting on the blindside flank and Josh van der Flier named at openside.

Niall Scannell, David Kilcoyne and Andrew Porter are the replacement front rows while Jean Kleyn and Peter O’Mahony will cover lock and back row.

Joey Carbery is included in the replacements after a late withdrawal against Russia. Luke McGrath and Andrew Conway complete the backline cover.

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v Samoa, 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A, Fukuoka Hakatanamori Stadium, October 12, kick-off 7.45pm local time/11.45am Irish time):

Player/Club/Province/Caps –

15. Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 19 caps
14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 80 caps
13. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 38 caps
12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 22 caps
11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 23 caps
10. Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 86 caps
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 76 caps
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 93 caps
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 122 caps CAPTAIN
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 39 caps
4. Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 51 caps
5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 21 caps
6. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 11 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 21 caps
8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 36 caps

16. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 18 caps
17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 34 caps
18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 21 caps
19. Jean Kleyn (Munster) 4 caps
20. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 62 caps
21. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 17 caps
22. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 20 caps
23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 17 caps

This looks to be the possible starting team against South Africa/New Zeland the following week if all the players stay fit.



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