Rugby Ireland v Samoa: Robbie Henshaw returns as Scots heap pressure on Joe Schmidt’s men

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Rugby Robbie Henshaw during Ireland Rugby squad training session at Shirouzuoike Park in Fukuoka
Robbie Henshaw during Ireland Rugby squad training session at Shirouzuoike Park in Fukuoka
Robbie Henshaw during Ireland Rugby squad training session at Shirouzuoike Park in Fukuoka, Japan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

ROBBIE HENSHAW will make his belated entry into the 2019 World Cup when he starts Saturday’s pivotal pool game against Samoa.

The centre missed Ireland’s first three matches against Scotland, Japan and Russia with a hamstring injury he picked up on the eve of the tournament, but is named to partner Bundee Aki in a close-to-full-strength side.

Scotland’s 61-0 win over Russia yesterday has increased the pressure on Joe Schmidt’s men to score four tries while beating the Islanders this weekend in order to avoid an anxious wait to learn their fate.

Although Scotland’s meeting with hosts Japan on Sunday is now in real danger of joining England v France and New Zealand v Italy in being cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis, a decision will not be made until Sunday.

If it is cancelled, both teams will be awarded two points meaning Japan are guaranteed to top the pool.

Ireland are currently on 11 points, three behind Japan and one ahead of Scotland. If they fail to get the bonus point, it opens up the possibility of a three-way tie, in which case the top two teams will be separated by points difference and second and third will be dec

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