Ireland have received a late blow ahead of kick-off in their clash with Russia in Kobe with the news that Joey Carbery is a late withdrawal.
With the team sheets confirmed over an hour before kick-off, Carbery was a notable absentee with Conor Murray coming onto the bench to replace him.
Carbery was initially named amongst the replacements and he was covering scrum-half which was a clear indicator that Joe Schmidt wanted to rest Murray.
However, Murray is now included.
The reason for Carbey’s exclusion is due to some irritation he felt in his ankle after Ireland’s captain’s run on Wednesday.
Carbery initially injured his ankle in Ireland’s warm-up win against Italy at the Aviva Stadium in August.
He only made his return from that injury as a second-half substitute in Ireland’s loss to Japan on Saturday.
Breaking News: @JoeyCarbery a late withdrawal from replacements. He felt some irritation in the ankle after Captain's Run & it was felt best not to risk him. @ConorMurray_9 comes in at 21.#TeamOfUs #ShoulderToShoulder #IREvRUS pic.twitter.com/LdFRfGsg2M
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) October 3, 2019