Starting teams for England v Ireland – Rugby World Cup warm up

Joe Schmidt has named the starting 15 for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm up match on Saturday. Kick off 3pm on Sky Sports.

Ross Byrne comes in to start his first match with both Sexton and Carberry not match fit. This a huge chance for the Leinster outhalf to secure a seat on the plane to Japan. Byrne has won two caps off the bench to date – against Italy in Chicago in November last year and as a replacement for Darren Sweetnam in the last of Ireland’s autumn internationals against the USA three weeks later.

Connacht outhalf Jack Carty is named on the bench and will be hoping to make a real impact when he gets his chance.

Rory Best will captain the side to play England at Twickenham on Saturday and is joined in the front row by Cian Healy and Tadgh Furlong.  Iain Henderson and Jean Kleyn lock down the second row with  Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flierand CJ Stander named in the backrow.
Rob Kearney lines out at fullback with Jordan Larmour and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.  Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose are the midfield partnership with Ross Byrne and Conor Murray named at half-back.
The replacements named for Saturday’s game are Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Tadgh Beirne, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty and Andrew Conway.
The match will be broadcast by Sky Sports.
IRELAND Squad v England – 2019 August International
Player/Club/Province/Caps

 

15.Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90 caps
14.Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 14 caps
13.Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21 caps
12.Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17 caps
11.Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19 caps
10.Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
9.Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72 caps
1.Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89 caps
2.Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117 caps
3.Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 33 caps
4.Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 45 caps
5.Jean Kleyn (Munster) 1 cap
6.Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 57 caps
7.Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 17 caps

8.CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 31 caps

 

REPLACEMENTS
16.Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 caps
17.Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 55 caps
18.Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
19.Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 65 caps
20.Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 6 caps
21.Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 11 caps
22.Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4 caps
23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 13 caps
George Ford and Owen Farrell will start together for the first time in over a year when they line up for England against Ireland on Saturday.

“The players have come back in a very good physical and mental state and we have had a good preparation this week,” added England Coach Eddie Jones.

“We purposefully made the week short looking ahead to the World Cup where this might happen beyond our control.

“It is the third of four games for us and come 8 September, when we get on the plane, we want to be ready to go. This is another step forward for us.”

England: Daly; Cokanasiga, Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Cole, Lawes, Wilson, Heinz, Francis, Joseph.

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