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Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw will replace banned center Bundee Aki for their World Cup quarterfinal against defending champion New Zealand on Saturday.
Aki was banned for three games for a high tackle in Ireland’s final pool match against Samoa, his World Cup coming to an end after the Irish Rugby Football Union decided Thursday not to appeal the ban.
Coach Joe Schmidt named an otherwise strong side to take on the All Blacks, with Henshaw partnering Garry Ringrose in midfield.
“There are probably four or five, maybe half-a-dozen, reasonably tight selection decisions,” said Schmidt.
“You weigh up the experience, previous performances against particular opposition and combinations and you make a decision that is what you believe is the best informed you can make.
“We’ve tried to add up as best we can the combinations that will best serve us in this particular fixture.”
Hooker Rory Best will skipper the team, with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong joining him i
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