Rugby Henshaw fit for Ireland as big guns back to face Samoa

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Updated / Thursday, 10 Oct 201910:13

Rugby Robbie Henshaw last played against Wales in Dublin
Robbie Henshaw last played against Wales in Dublin

Joe Schmidt has recalled a number of front-line players for Ireland’s crucial Pool A clash with Samoa on Saturday with Conor Murray, Rory Best, James Ryan and Robbie Henshaw all set to start. 

In total there are 11 changes to the starting line-up from the side that laboured to a 35-0 win over Russia a week ago. 

Centre Henshaw, who injured his hamstring soon after arrival in Japan, is fit to make his first 2019 World Cup appearance and will line up alongside Bundee Aki. 

Rob Kearney, who was replaced after 49 minutes of the last game with a groin issue is not in the match-day squad with Jordan Larmour at full-back. 

Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale take their places on the wings, while Murray, who was rested against the Bears is back in harness with Johnny Sexton in the half-backs. 

Schmidt has opted for wholesale changes in the forwards with just one of the eight starters against the Bears included. 

That means returns for Cian Healy, Best, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan in the front five. 

Tadhg Beirne keeps his place in the back row, while Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander, who played 54 minutes as a replacement for Jordi Murphy last time out is back. 

The forwards replacements are Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Jean Kleyn and Peter O’Mahony, while Luke McGrath, Joey

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