Friday, November 19, 2021

Former Roscommon minor footballer Jack Carty has been unable to squeeze into the matchday 23 for Sunday’s Autumn Nations Series contest against Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.

Joey Carbery, as expected, will start at out-half instead of the injured Johnny Sexton, while Harry Byrne has edged out Carty for a place among the replacements.

However, Robbie Henshaw from Athlone will make his season debut at inside centre, partnering Garry Ringrose in midfield.

James Ryan assumes the captaincy in the absence Sexton and is partnered in second row by Iain Henderson. The front row of Andrew Porter, Ronan Kelleher and Tadgh Furlong is retained as is the backrow of Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan.

Conor Murray will start at scrum half. Hugo Keenan gets another opportunity to impress in the number 15 jersey with James Lowe starting his third consecutive game for Ireland.

Robert Baloucoune, who made his Ireland debut against the USA in July scoring a scintillating try, gets his second start.

The replacements for Sunday’s game are Dan Sheehan, Cian Healy, Tom O’Toole, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony, Craig Casey, Harry Byrne and Keith Earls.

The match against Argentina kicks off in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday next at 2.15 p.m..

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