Ireland vs Scotland, LIVE – Rugby World Cup 2019: Gregor Townsend unleashes experienced squad against home nation rivals in Japan
- Ireland take on Scotland today at 8:45am UK time (BST)/ 5:45pm local time (JST)
- UK viewers can watch Rugby World Cup pool A clash live on ITV
- Joe Schmidt’s side are bookmakers favourite to win RWC opening clash
Schmidt has been able to name a strong Ireland side despite the absence of a few key men.
The Kiwi has decided against risking Rob Kearney at full back, and Keith Earls on the wing despite both training with the squad this week. That allows Jordan Larmour to make his first World Cup appearance at full back, while Munster’s Andrew Conway comes in on the wing.
In the middle, Bundee Aki steps in for Robbie Henshaw. Despite the absentees, that is still a formidable backline.
Ireland: Larmour; Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best (captain), Furlong; Henderson, James Ryan; O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Stander.
Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter, Beirne, Conan, McGrath, Carty, Farrell.
Scotland: Hogg; Seymour, Taylor, Johnson, Maitland; Russell, Laidlaw; Dell, McInally (captain), Nel, Gilchrist, Gray, Barclay, Watson, Wilson.
Replacements: Brown, Reid, Berghan, Cummings, Thomson, Price, Harris, Graham.
Day three of the Rugby World Cup and finally it is the turn of the home nations – and we’re starting with an absolute cracker.
Scotland face Ireland in Yokohama as the battle for supremacy in Pool A begins. Joe Schmidt’s side come into the tournament ranked No 1 in the world, while Gregor Townsend had virtually every player in the country fit and available for his squad, and is able to name a very strong line-up today.
Speaking of which, let’s take a look at those teams..
Our first home nation clash of the Rugby World Cup and hopefully not last will see Ireland take on Scotland in their pool A clash.
Gregor Townsend has revealed an experienced squad with a starting XV boasting 630 caps to take on Joe Schmidt’s side which will be without the experience of Keith Earls and Rob Kearney who alone have a combined 170 caps.
Both home nations will face fierce competition from hosts Japan in their pool who have already claimed their first win of the tournament with a bonus point against Russia as they look to reach the knockout stages.
Sportsmail’s Harry Slavin will provide live coverage from 8am BST including score, substitutions, sin bins and more from Yokohama in Japan.
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