Ireland Youngster Set To Make Surprise First Test Start Against England On Saturday

Old rivals.

Ireland look set to ring the changes ahead of Saturday’s World Cup warm-up clash with old rivals England at Twickenham – with a number of regulars set to return to the starting line-up.

But it’s looking increasingly likely the men in green will be without a trio of frontline stars, with Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw all missing training yesterday.

And with Joey Carbery already sidelined, Ireland are down to their bare bones at ten, with various outlets reporting that Jack Carty was in line to make his first start for Ireland.

But it appears that is not the case. Our friends over at RugbyPass appear have had a look at the team sheet and it looks like it’ll be Ross Byrne making his first start and not Carty, despite falling behind the Connacht man in the pecking order in recent months.

Could this be part of a bigger plan to give both players a big Test start as long as Carbery is doubtful? Will we see Carty start one of two the games against Wales?

As for the rest of the squad here’s how Ireland are expected to line-up…

Probable Ireland XV vs England.


15. Rob Kearney
14. Jacob Stockdale
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jordan Larmour
10. Ross Byrne
9. Conor Murray

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