Carty to make first Test start as Ireland ring the changes

Bradley West
29 August 2019

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Ireland have named a much-changed side for their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Wales on Saturday with Connacht fly-half Jack Carty set to make his first Test start.

Head coach Joe Schmidt has made 11 changes to his starting XV as his side aim to bounce back following their defeat to England at Twickenham last weekend, with Peter O’Mahony set to captain the team in the absence of Rory Best who is named as a replacement.

Connacht’s Carty, who produced some impressive cameos off the bench during this year’s Guinness Six Nations including against Wales in the Principality Stadium, will line-up alongside provincial teammate Kieran Marmion in the half-back positions.

Ulster’s Will Addison will make his first international appearance since November last year at full-back while Munster duo Tadhg Beirne, who will play in the back row, and Niall Scannell, who will start at hooker, are included.

Ulster’s Iain Henderson and Leinster’s James Ryan are at lock while Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan join Scannell to make up an all-Munster front row combination.

Bundee Aki and Chris Farrell are set to partner up in the midfield for a fifth run out together with Addison supported in the back three by Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale.

“This is (Will’s) first runout for a long time, for Will it is a really important opportunity but he should hit the ground running,” said Schmidt.

“He has trained really well this week so we would be very hopeful he can slot in. He becomes that jack of all trades that we may well need, but he is a master of a few as well.

“When he (Carty) came on in the Principality, he was self-assured, accurate, he did a fantastic grubber for Stockdale, who almost scored and that built to the try we did get.

“He came off the bench and two of the tackles he made were outstanding, he got off the line and chopped the player.

“We want to see that, he has an accomplished kicking game and has to blend that into the performance he puts out there.

“But he also has to bring other people into the game. So much of the game flows through the ten. It is a massive task for Jack but we are really looking forward to seeing how he goes.

“I do believe we are in better place to actually play rugby. There will be evidence of that I believe, but confirmation does not come until the final whistle on Saturday and we see how the players have performed.”

Ireland team to face Wales at Principality Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm BST) – live on Channel 4

15. Will Addison (Ulster)

14. Andrew Conway (Munster)

13. Chris Farrell (Munster)

12. Bundee Aki (Connacht)

11. Jacob Stockdale (Ulster)

10. Jack Carty (Connacht)

9. Kieran Marmion (Connacht)

1. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)

2. Niall Scannell (Munster)

3. John Ryan (Munster)

4. Iain Henderson (Ulster)

5. James Ryan (Leinster)

6. Tadhg Beirne (Munster)

7. Peter O’Mahony (Munster)

8. Jack Conan (Leinster)

Replacements:

16. Rory Best (Ulster)

17. Andrew Porter (Leinster)

18. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)

19. Devin Toner (Leinster)

20. Jordi Murphy (Ulster)

21. Luke McGrath (Leinster)

22. Garry Ringrose (Leinster)

23. Dave Kearney (Leinster)

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