Robbie Henshaw returns to Ireland line-up for Samoa encounter

Robbie Henshaw missed all three World Cup games for Ireland
Robbie Henshaw missed all three World Cup games for Ireland

Robbie Henshaw will feature for Ireland for the first time in the ongoing World Cup after he was named in the starting line-up in their must-win game against Samoa to be played in Fukuoka on Saturday.

Henshaw missed all the three games for Ireland in the showpiece event until now after picking up a hamstring injury leading into the tournament. The 26-year-old will partner with Bundee Aki at centre while Jordan Larmour is at fullback and Keith Earls along with Jacob Stockdale are at wings.

Jonathan Sexton retains his fly-half position while Conor Murray makes a return at scrum-half with CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier and Tadhg Beirne in back-row.

Rory Best returns at hooker and will be leading the side with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong part of front-row with Iain Henderson and James Ryan have been chosen as the locks.

Joey Carbery also has overcome an ankle injury and will take a place on the bench that also has Peter O'Mahony, Andrew Conway, Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Jean Kleyn and Luke McGrath.

Joe Schmidt's side are positioned second in Pool A with 11 points and must win their game against Samoa to book a quarter-final berth.

Ireland starting line-up: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw,12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best (c), 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Iain Henderson, 5 James Ryan, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander

Reserves: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Peter O'Mahony, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Andrew Conway


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