Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland call on fit-again Robbie Henshaw
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From Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI at Fukuoka
Robbie Henshaw will play for the first time at this years Rugby World Cup, having been named at outside centre for Ireland pool game from Samoa.
The Leinster rear, who missed the first few games with a hamstring injury, will partner Bundee Aki in midfield.
Johnny Sexton is selected at as Conor Murray comes in at nine.
Tadhg Beirne moves to the rear row.
Jordan Larmour comes in at full-back having impressed in Irelands first revival against Scotland.
Needing a bonus-point to ensure passage head coach Joe Schmidt had appointed a strong side, which makes 11 changes from the team that conquered past Thursday Pool A minnows Russia at Kobe.
The yield of Henshaw, who has been limited to only two global looks so far this calendar year, as a timely boost for Ireland that will hope the 26-year-old could have an effect similar to the one he had in Irelands final warm-up win over Wales in September.
Captain Rory Best Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlongs very first choice front all return as to Iain Henderson along with second-row duo James Ryan.
Garry Ringrose and Peter OMahony are comfortable while still Jack Carty is absent in the match-day 23 for the first time.
New Zealands final group match against Italys cancellation means Ireland know that, if they progress to the quarter-finals as bunch runners-up, theyll face the All Blacks.
Typhoon Hagibis, that has wreak havoc on the pool stages final weekend, has already forced two and might yet mean Sundays meeting between Japan and Scotland being called off.
Whatever the scenario, Japan understand they will top the group if they collect more or two points regardless of Irelands result against Samoa.
Samoas slender chances of progressing to the knock-out phases were finished in a defeat by Japan Saturday.
Steve Jackson makes two changes to his side with Logovii Mulipola and Teofilo Paulo coming in to the pack, to their game in Fukuoka.
Before allowing their competitors to dominate the game after the period in their past two matches, against Scotland and Japan, Samoa have set.
Ireland: Larmour, Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy Furlong James Ryan; Stander, Beirne der Flier.
Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter OMahony Carbery, Conway.
Samoa: Nanai-Williams; Tuala, Leiua Fidow; Seuteni, Polataivao; Mulipola Lam Alaalatoa, Paulo, Leaupepe; Vui, Ioane, J Lam.
Replacements: Niuia Lay Tyrell Pisi, Fonotia.