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Ireland Go Close To Full Strength For Clash With England At Twickenham

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has announced the team that will take on England at Twickenham on Saturday.

This will be Ireland’s second pre-Rugby World Cup warm-up game after they got their summer off to a solid start thanks to a 29-10 victory over Italy two weeks’ ago.

An experimental side was named for that Italy clash but Schmidt has opted closer to his strongest start XV this time around.

Ireland Team

The big news is that Leinster out-half Ross Byrne will earn his first start for Ireland in what will be his third cap for his country.

Johnny Sexton has not been named in the squad after the news that he sat out a training session in Portugal this week.

Ireland Team v England

15.Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90 caps
14.Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 14 caps
13.Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21 caps
12.Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17 caps
11.Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19 caps
10.Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
9.Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72 caps

1.Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89 caps
2.Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117 caps
3.Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 33 caps
4.Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 45 caps
5.Jean Kleyn (Munster) 1 cap
6.Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 57 caps
7.Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 17 caps
8.CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 31 caps

REPLACEMENTS

16.Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 caps
17.Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 55 caps
18.Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
19.Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 65 caps
20.Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 6 caps
21.Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 11 caps
22.Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4 caps
23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 13 caps

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