The Irish rugby team to play England tomorrow has been announced.
Joe Schmidt has made some big calls with his team selection resting the likes of Johnny Sexton, James Ryan and Keith Earls, which opens opportunities for other players who hope to travel to Japan for the world cup
Conor Murray partners Ross Byrne in the half-backs with Bundee Aki joining Garry Ringrose in the centre.
Rob Kearney comes in at full-back with Jacob Stockdale and Jordan Larmour on the wings.
Captain Rory Best is at hooker with Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong the props.
Jean Kleyn is second-row alongside Iain Henderson with Peter O’Mahony, C-J Stander and Josh van der Flier forming the back-row.
RTE Rugby Analyst Brent Pope says that out-halves Ross Byrne and Jack Carthy are different types of player.
Leinster’s Ross Byrne will make his first international start at out-half, having previously featured off the bench, while Jack Carty, who took over from the injured Joey Carbery against Italy two weeks ago, is named on the bench , speaking exclusively to KCLR, Brent says it’s a crucial game for both players.
“Different types of players. Carthy probably a bring bit more of the Carbery style and Byrne probably brings a bit more of the Sexton style because Carthy would be seen as an off the cuff sort of an exciting player, Byrne brings a good read of the basics so it just depends on who Joe seems fitting in for the World Cup and how they want to play it so yes very important for those guys”