Rugby Schmidt set to give Byrne World Cup chance in Twickenham as big guns return to starting team

Rugby Schmidt set to give Byrne World Cup chance in Twickenham as big guns return to starting team

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Rugby Leinster's Ross Byrne. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster’s Ross Byrne. Photo: Sportsfile

Ross Byrne could be handed a major opportunity to stake his World Cup claim by starting against England on Saturday.

The Leinster out-half is in line to wear the Ireland No 10 shirt for the first time at Twickenham as Joe Schmidt prepares to call on a host of his biggest names.

With Joey Carbery out injured, the coach has been forced to re-assess his selection strategy at out-half for the warm-ups. He now needs to give Byrne and Jack Carty as much experience as possible, while protecting his leading man Johnny Sexton.

Sexton sat out yesterday’s training session at the team’s warm-weather training base in Portugal after a heavy hit-out on Monday and is unlikel

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