Rugby Big calls made at out-half, second row and centre as Joe Schmidt confirms Ireland team to face England

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Rugby Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during the Guinness Summer Series 2019 match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during the Guinness Summer Series 2019 match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Ross Byrne will make his first Ireland start in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up game against England.

It will be Byrne’s third international cap, and a big opportunity for the Leinster out-half as he tries to nail down a place in the World Cup squad ahead of replacement ten, Connacht’s Jack Carty.

Other interesting selections decisions come in the centre and at second row. For the second game in succession, Munster’s South African lock Jean Kleyn is included in the starting team, as his inclusion in the travelling party looks increasingly likely.

At centre, with all four of his main options fit, Schmidt had a tough call to make and has opted for Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose.

The Ireland head coach has called on what is close to his full-strength selection, although key men such as Johnny Sexton, James Ryan

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