RWC 2019 Warm-up III: Ireland Team to Play England

Conor Murray

Ross Byrne makes his first start at fly-half in Ireland’s team to play England.

IRELAND Team: (Player/Club/Province/Caps)

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90
14. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 14
13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21
12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17
11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19
10. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 33
4. Iain Henderson (Queen’s University/Ulster) 45
5. Jean Kleyn (Munster) 1
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 57
7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 17
8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 31


16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 68
17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Ulster) 55
18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 15
19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 65
20. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 6
21. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 11
22. Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4
23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 13

8 thoughts on “RWC 2019 Warm-up III: Ireland Team to Play England

    1. Is Jame Ryan injured or being rested? no idea who Jean Kleyn is but apart from him and the 10 yes agree pretty close to their first team.

      With England also naming quite close (although not as close) to an expected WC starting 15 think this should be a good game … and tell us somewhat where both teams are in their WC planning/aspirations.

      1. I think Kleyn is being given gametime given that he is only recently available for selection but yes you would also swap Ryan in for Kleyn and maybe Earls for Larmour in their best 23

  1. Kleyn, Burne apart, looks a fairly strong side. Midfield have enough guile? Back row robust, quick enough? Need to win the breakdown to prevail. Fr row will also need to hold up. If Ireland can also be error free (likewise England), then they’ll give themselves a chance. Home advantage may tip a potentially tight game England’s way however. Something of a must win for both teams? Performance may be important, but winning is also good!

    1. Well, got that wrong. Wasn’t tight & all. A blow out, Mary McAleese, CJ Stander, Irish Mist (or rust?), notwithstanding. Must be a concern of substance for Ireland as the ‘aged team’ jibe may gain more traction. Esp as Wales too, are away. Schmidt must have some regret & trepidation about these away games now. Another loss will surely dash his & Ireland’s credibility, already on a downward trajectory, going into Japan. That last AB win must seem an age ago & a current irrelevance. Mountain climbing of Everest proportions to do.

  2. Good point about speed of back row – I suspect Curry and Underhill May be quicker to the breakdown (although losing something in carrying game perhaps). I reckon Ringrose has guile aplenty and with Bundee Ali’s feet, they could cause England trouble in the midfield and out wide.

  3. C J Stander, the best No 8 in the north. if South African coaches of recent past were not so fixated with size and weight he would have been the 1st choice for the ‘Boks this WC. I give him credit for showing the coaches who refused to accept him, because of his size, that he can mix it with the best.

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