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Strong Ireland Team Named To Face England In Final Warm Up

Strong Ireland Team Named To Face England In Final Warm Up
By Conor O'Leary Updated

Cian Healy hasn't been risked in the Ireland team named to face England in final warm up for the Rugby World Cup. Joe Schmidt named a strong team to face the World Cup hosts kicking off on 2.30pm on Saturday.

With Cian Healy out injured, and game time needed for the front liners Schmidt has reverted to the majority of the starting XV that played in the Six Nations.

Tommy Bowe and Dave Kearney are included to get some match fitness on the wingers, with normal centre pairing Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne renewing their partnership. Rob Kearney has taken a small knock, and has withdrawn with Simon Zebo taking over at full-back.

With Healy out, Jack McGrath continues with Rory Best and Mike Ross; while Devin Toner is being given a chance after Iain Henderson's tour de force against Wales in Dublin. Tadhg Furlong is the cover at loosehead on the bench.

Richardt Strauss, Donnacha Ryan, and Chris Henry are preferred to Sean Cronin, Devin Toner, and Jordi Murphy respectively.

Ireland Team To Face England In Final Warm-Up Game:

15. Simon Zebo
14. Tommy Bowe
13. Jared Payne
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Dave Kearney
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray
1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best
3. Mike Ross
4. Devin Toner
5. Paul O'Connell (c)
6. Peter O'Mahony
7. Sean O'Brien
8. Jamie Heaslip

Replacements:

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16. Richardt Strauss
17. Tadhg Furlong
18. Nathan White
19. Donnacha Ryan
20. Chris Henry
21. Eoin Reddan
22. Ian Madigan
23. Darren Cave

See Also: Horgan: D'Arcy's RWC Exclusion Doesn't Diminish 'A Remarkable Career'

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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