Kearney ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup opener
Rob Kearney has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday with Jordan Larmour named to start at full back.
The Willville man picked up a calf injury in training this week and both he and Keith Earls (thigh) will miss the opening match as a result with Andrew Conway taking Earls’ place on the wing.
While Kearney and Earls were said to have “ran well” in training on Wednesday, head coach Joe Schmidt told RTÉ Sport this morning: “It was just that we were getting very tight for time, the best continuity we had was we felt was to have the guys who trained through the time that we’ve been here, it’s exciting to have the back three that we have.”
The back three is completed by Jacob Stockdale.
With Robbie Henshaw also unavailable, Bundee Aki is partnered by Garry Ringrose in midfield with the first choice half-backs of Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray.
Captain Rory Best is flanked in the front row by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong, with James Ryan and Iain Henderson in the engine room.
The back row is made up of Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander.
Kick-off in Yokohama is at 8.45am on Sunday morning.
Ireland: Jordan Larmour; Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (capt), Tadhg Furlong; James Ryan, Iain Henderson; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty, Chris Farrell