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Murphy Straight In As Schmidt Makes 11 Changes For Russia Clash

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Joe Schmidt has made 11 changes for Ireland’s crunch World Cup clash with Russia on Thursday.

Jordi Murphy comes straight into the back-row at number eight alongside Rhys Ruddock and Peter O’Mahony who makes his third start in 12 days.

Tadhg Beirne and Jean Kleyn are set to start their first World Cup matches when they take their place in the second-row with Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan making up the remainder of an all-Munster front five.

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At the back, Johnny Sexton returns to captain the side at out-half where he will be partnered by Leinster scrum-half Luke McGrath.

Bundee Aki also returns to the starting XV after not featuring in the shock loss to Japan. While Garry Ringrose is named at 13 alongside Aki in the midfield.

The experienced duo of Rob Kearney and Keith Earls get their shot at redemption at full-back and on the wing respectively with Andrew Conway taking up the final wing position.

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The big news on the bench is that Joey Carbery is expected to be used as cover at scrum-half with Jack Carty also named among the replacements. Jordan Larmour will also provide cover in the back-field.

Sean Cronin, Andrew Porter and Tadhg Furlong provide front-row cover with CJ Stander and Iain Henderson making up the replacements.

Ireland will be hoping to get their Pool A campaign back on track with a bonus-point win over Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium following last weekend’s 19-12 defeat to Japan. A loss that has proven to be the shock of the World Cup so far.

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Ireland Team To Face Russia

15. Rob Kearney

14. Keith Earls

13. Garry Ringrose

12. Bundee Aki

11. Andrew Conway

10. Johnny Sexton (c)

9. Luke McGrath

1. Dave Kilcoyne

2. Niall Scannell

3. John Ryan

4. Tadhg Beirne

5. Jean Kleyn

6. Rhys Ruddock

7. Peter O’Mahony

8. Jordi Murphy

Replacements:

Sean Cronin, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, CJ Stander, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Jordan Larmour.

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