Here’s The Ireland Team That Should Start Against Scotland In The World Cup

Pool opener.

Ireland will fly out to Japan on Wednesday ahead of their pool opener with Scotland on Sunday week on the back of two wins in-a-row against Wales to leave them top of the World Rugby Rankings.

The men in green were disappointing in their opening two warm-up fixtures against Italy and England, but looked impressive in their back-to-back games against Wales and overall are in good stead ahead World Rugby’s showpiece event.

A number of key men returned on Saturday with the likes of Robbie Henshaw and Johnny Sexton looking very sharp, while guys like CJ Stander, Rob Kearney and Bundee Aki have found some form at the perfect time for Ireland.

With that being said, we’ve had a go at picking the team we think should start against Scotland. The game against Gregor Townsend’s men is by far the biggest pool match Ireland have, so expect no less than full strength from Joe Schmidt.

Our Ireland team vs Scotland

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander

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