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.
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