Rugby Ireland call on fit-again Henshaw against Samoa

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Henshaw played in Ireland’s final warm-up game against Wales but has not yet featured at the Rugby World Cup in Japan
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A: Ireland v Samoa
Venue:Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, FukuokaDate:Saturday, 12 OctoberKick-off:11:45 BST
Coverage:Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Ulster; plus text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

Robbie Henshaw will play for the first time at this year’s Rugby World Cup, having been named at outside centre for Ireland’s last pool game against Samoa.

The Leinster back, who missed the first three games with a hamstring injury, will partner Bundee Aki in midfield.

Johnny Sexton is again selected at fly-half with Joey Carbery on the bench, as Conor Murray comes in at nine.

Tadhg Beirne moves from lock to the back row where he will join Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander.

Jordan Larmour comes back in at full-back having impressed in Ireland’s first outing against Scotland.

In need of a bonus-point to guarantee passage to the last eight, head coach Joe Schmidt had named a strong side, making 11 changes from the team that defeated Pool A minnows Russia in Kobe

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