Jack Carty has been handed a massive vote of confidence by Ireland manager Joe Schmidt as the Roscommon native will start Saturday’s World Cup pool game against hosts Japan.
Having impressed coming off the bench against Scotland, Carty will replace Johnny Sexton in one of four changes Schmidt has made for the game.
Carty will win his ninth cap, having only won his first cap during Ireland’s victory against Italy in the Six Nations earlier in the year.
It’s a massive moment for the former Roscommon minor footballer who is one of two Connacht players in the squad alongside Bundee Aki.
“Obviously we’ve left a couple of guys out who trained on Tuesday but not fully and we decided to give ourselves certainty. So we told him (Carty) he would be starting on Tuesday so he would get his head around it,” said Schmidt at Thursday’s team announcement.
“I thought he came on and played really well against Scotland. That gives us confidence and just allows us to freshen guys up and work through a few combinations as we work our way through the pool. Hopefully it will be a cohesive performance because it’s going to have to be against Japan because we know how good they can be.”