Rugby Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland aim to secure last-eight spot by beating Samoa

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Rugby Samoa's Jack Lam attempts a run against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in 2013

Rory Best (right) returns to skipper Ireland in one of 11 changes from the uninspired win over Russia
2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A: Ireland v Samoa
Venue:Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Date: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.

Ireland need a bonus-point win over Samoa in their final World Cup Pool A game in Fukuoka to guarantee themselves a quarter-finals spot.

The build-up to Saturday’s match has been overshadowed by the disruption caused by Typhoon Hagibis and concerns over the Hakatanomori Stadium pitch.

Sunday’s match between Pool A rivals Japan and Scotland is in major doubt.

If Ireland fail to secure five points against Samoa, their fate will be decided by the outcome in Yokohama.

Henshaw to have first World Cup involvement

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt includes centre Robbie Henshaw for his first involvement in the World Cup after he missed the opening three Pool A games because of a hamstring injury.

Henshaw’s inclusion is one of 11 changes from the uninspired 35-0 win over Russia with only Johnny Sexton, Bundee Aki, Keith Earls and Tadhg Beirne retained, although the latter switches from lock to the back row.

Seven forwards changes include the return of skipper Rory Best who will be partnered by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong in the front row.

Schmidt’s likely plan would have been to rest several of his frontline players in the final Pool A game only for the shock defeat by hosts Japan to rip up the script.

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