Ireland play Tonga in Nantes on Saturday, before taking on South Africa on September 23 and Scotland on October 7; Andy Farrell’s side began their campaign with a record 82-8 win over Romania last weekend
Last Updated: 14/09/23 2:57pm
Ireland train ahead of their second Rugby World Cup Group B match against Tonga having beaten Romania in their opening game.
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton retained his starting place for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup clash with Tonga as head coach Andy Farrell made four changes to his side.
Winger Mack Hansen and scrum-half Conor Murray come into the backline in place of Keith Earls and Jamison Gibson-Park.
There are also two changes among the forwards with Ronan Kelleher replacing Rob Herring at hooker and openside flanker Josh van der Flier coming into the side for Joe McCarthy in a reshuffle of the pack.
Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Conor Murray; 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Caelan Doris.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 David Kilcoyne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Ryan Baird , 21 Craig Casey, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Robbie Henshaw.
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