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Andy Farrell names imposing Ireland team for Scotland decider

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 23: James Lowe of Ireland sings the national anthem prior to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between South Africa and Ireland at Stade de France on September 23, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Head coach Andy Farrell has named his the Ireland team that will take on Scotland in the crucial Pool B decider on Saturday, 7 October at the Stade de France.

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With multiple permutations at play, a loss for Ireland – with no losing bonus point – will mean a shock exit from the tournament before the quarter finals. A win, and Ireland will likely face New Zealand in the next round.

Peter O’Mahony is poised to make history, set to earn his 100th cap, joining an elite group of just 10 Irish players to achieve such a feat.

Iain Henderson comes into the second row for James Ryan, who drops to the bench, and Dan Sheehan takes over at hooker from Ronan Kelleher.

Back-row Jack Conan is fit to take his place on the bench and could make his first appearance of RWC 2023.

Fixture
Rugby World Cup
Ireland
36 - 14
Full-time
Scotland
All Stats and Data

IRELAND TEAM TO PLAY SCOTLAND

15. Hugo Keenan (34)
14. Mack Hansen (19)
13. Garry Ringrose (55)
12. Bundee Aki (50)
11. James Lowe (24)
10. Johnny Sexton (c)(116)
9. Jamison Gibson-Park (28)

1. Andrew Porter (57)
2. Dan Sheehan (19)
3. Tadhg Furlong (70)
4. Tadhg Beirne (44)
5. Iain Henderson (77)
6. Peter O’Mahony (99)
7. Josh van der Flier (55)
8. Caelan Doris (34)

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Replacements:

16. Ronan Kelleher (24)
17. David Kilcoyne (54)
18. Finlay Bealham (34)
19. James Ryan (58)
20. Jack Conan (39)
21. Conor Murray (110)
22. Jack Crowley (8)
23. Stuart McCloskey (14).

 

Rugby World Cup

Pool A
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
France
3
3
0
0
13
2
New Zealand
3
2
1
0
10
3
Italy
3
2
1
0
10
4
Uruguay
3
1
2
0
5
5
Namibia
4
0
4
0
0
Pool B
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
South Africa
4
3
1
0
15
2
Ireland
3
3
0
0
14
3
Scotland
3
2
1
0
10
4
Tonga
3
0
3
0
0
5
Romania
3
0
3
0
0
Pool C
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
Wales
3
3
0
0
14
2
Australia
4
2
2
0
11
3
Fiji
3
2
1
0
10
4
Georgia
3
0
2
1
3
5
Portugal
3
0
2
1
2
Pool D
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
BP T
BP-7
BP
Total
1
England
3
3
0
0
14
2
Argentina
3
2
1
0
9
3
Japan
3
2
1
0
9
4
Samoa
3
1
2
0
6
5
Chile
4
0
4
0
0
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Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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