Published: 12:32 | 20/9/19

Ireland team named for Scots clash


Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named his team for the World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday.

Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway have been named in the starting line-up with Rob Kearney and Keith Earls ruled out through injury.

It is hoped that Kearney and Earls along with out-half Joey Carbery will be fit enough to be considered for Ireland’s second Pool A game against Japan tomorrow week. Robbie Henshaw remains sidelined with a hamstring issue.

Jacob Stockdale completes the back three along with Larmour at Full-back and Conway on the wing, while Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose are named in midfield. Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton will bring plenty of experience at scrum and out-half respectively.

Cian Healy, captain Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong are named in the front row, with James Ryan partnering Iain Henderson in the second row.

The back row of Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander complete the starting XV.

There are a couple of interesting selections on the bench with Tadgh Beirne getting the nod ahead of Jean Kleyn and Niall Scannell named ahead of Sean Cronin.

Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath and Chris Farrell complete the replacements.

Ireland team (v Scotland):

Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander.

Replacements: 

Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty, Chris Farrell.

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