Rugby Ross Byrne in line for Test debut against England

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Ross Byrne is expected to be named for his full Test debut against England on Saturday, with Jack Carty on the bench, when Joe Schmidt announces the Irish team and replacements for the Twickenham warm-up game from the squad’s base in the Algarve on Thursday.

The Irish head coach has been obliged to fast-track the development of both Byrne and Carty in light of the ankle injury which has placed a doubt over Joey Carbery’s place in the World Cup squad.

Byrne appeared to have slipped down the pecking order in last season’s Six Nations, when Carty was called up as Johnny Sexton’s understudy after Carbery was sidelined with a hamstring problem and made three appearances off the bench before a fourth against Italy 12 days ago.

Byrne has been confined to two caps off the bench to date. The Leinster outhalf was one of three number 10s in a 31-man squad for the tour to Australia in 2018, but despite being named among the replacements in the third Test he remained unused.

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