Rugby No Kearney or Earls as Ireland team to play Scots named

Rugby No Kearney or Earls as Ireland team to play Scots named

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Rob Kearney and Keith Earls have been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday (kick-off 8.45am) with Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour named to start in Yokohama.

Andy Farrell insisted that the experienced Irish pair “ran well” on Wednesday in training, but there had been doubts all week over their fitness, with Kearney (calf) and Earls (thigh) replaced by Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour respectively.

Conway, who has shown his versatility in the backline, comes in for his 16th cap, which is one less than Leinster tyro Larmour (below).

“It was just that we were getting very tight for time, the best continuity we had was we felt was to have the guys who trained through the time that we’ve been here, it’s exciting to have the back three that we have,” head coach Joe Schmidt told RTÉ Sport this morning.

“In the backs, only Robbie Henshaw is not available.

“I think everyone else could play. Keith has hit some really good speeds in training on Wednesday, Rob Kearney will be ready to train today and Joey

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