Rugby | Ireland team to face New Zealand named

Joe Schmidt has named the Ireland team to face New Zealand in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final at Tokyo Stadium.

Garry Ringrose will start in place of Bundee Aki, who is suspended for the remainder of the tournament.

The other two changes from the team that defeated Samoa, are the inclusion of Rob Kearney and Peter O’Mahony.

Talk of Jordan Larmour starting at full-back, ahead of Kearney, had begun to gather momentum in recent days, but Schmidt has stuck with his most tried and tested players, for what could potentially be Schmidt’s last game in charge, if his side do not repeat the successes of 2016 and 2018 over Steve Hansen’s side.

The Ireland team in full is:

R Kearney, K Earls, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray, C Healy, R Best (capt), T Furlong, I Henderson, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander.