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Rugby Union

Byrne earns first Ireland call

22nd August 2019, 12:47 by Tom McGarry

Fly-half Ross Byrne will make his first start for Ireland when they face England at Twickenham in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match.

The Leinster back has featured twice before from the bench for Joe Schmidt's side during last year's autumn internationals against Italy and the United States, but he will now get a chance to impress in the starting XI.

Connacht number 10 Jack Carty has been named on the bench with Schmidt planning to give both fly-halves some big-match experience due to the ankle injury which has put Joey Carbery's hopes of playing at the World Cup in doubt.

In total, Schmidt has made 12 changes from the side that beat Italy in their opening warm-up match, with the team adopting a more familiar feel to it after they experimented at the Aviva Stadium.

Rob Kearney, Jacob Stockdale, Aki, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, captain Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander will all make their seasonal debuts in Saturday's fixture.

Ireland will be hoping to get revenge over England following their 32-20 defeat to Eddie Jones' side during this year's Six Nations.

Following Saturday's match, Ireland will face home and away games against Wales to round off their World Cup preparations, with their first match of the tournament in Japan set to come against Scotland in Yokohama on September 22.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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