Rugby Ireland coach Joe Schmidt gives Ross Byrne chance to compete for RWC spot

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Ross Byrne has the chance to book his place on the plane to Japan for the Rugby World Cup as he starts at fly-half for Ireland in its warm-up test with England on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Leinster playmaker is competing with Jack Carty to be the third option to first choice Johnny Sexton with regular backup Joey Carbery battling to recover from an ankle injury.

Ireland’s first match in Japan is on Sept. 22 against Scotland.

Byrne, who will win his third cap, will be partnered at Twicken

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