Henshaw Returns As Ireland Team Named For Final World Cup Pool Clash With Samoa

Back in action.

Robbie Henshaw has been included in Ireland’s starting line-up for their final World Cup pool fixture with Samoa on Saturday.

Robbie Henshaw returns to the starting line up for the first time since the pre-tournament win over Wales and is partnered in the centre by former Connacht teammate Bundee Aki.

Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray form a familiar and experienced half-back partnership while in the back three Jordan Larmour is at fullback with Keith Earls, who won his 80th cap last time out, and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.

Iain Henderson and James Ryan are again partnered in the second row while the back-row sees CJ Stander at No. 8 with Tadhg Beirne starting on the blindside flank and Josh van der Flier named at openside.

Ireland team vs Japan.

15. Jordan Larmour
14. Keith Earls
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Jonathan Sexton
9. Conor Murray
1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best (c)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Tadhg Beirne
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander

16. Niall Scannell
17. Dave Kilcoyne
18. Andrew Porter
19. Jean Kleyn
20. Peter O’Mahony
21. Luke McGrath
22. Joey Carbery
23. Andrew Conway

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