Ross Byrne has been named in a strong Ireland line-up to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Head coach Joe Schmidt has recalled a number of big guns to his starting fifteen for the clash, the second of Ireland’s four warm-up games in the run up to the World Cup which starts next month.
However, most attention will be focused on the out-half position following the ankle injury sustained by Joey Carbery in the win over Italy last Saturday week. With his fitness in doubt for the tournament, there is a chance for either Byrne or Connacht’s Jack Carty, who is named on the bench, to impress and perhaps secure a place in the final 31-man squad.
Winning just his third cap, Byrne combines with the recalled Conor Murray at half-back with Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose in the centre. The back three is made up of Jordan larmour and Jacob Stockdale on the wings, with Rob Kearney at full-back.
Rory Best captains the side at hooker, with Cian Healy and Tadgh Furlong completing a first-choice front row. Jean Kleyn earns his second cap at lock alongside new Ulster captain Iain Henderson.
Back rows Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Josh van der Flier complete the line-up for what is sure to be a tough test against a physical England side.
Ireland (v England):
Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Ross Byrne, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Tadhg Beirne, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty, Andrew Conway.
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