Sexton back as Schmidt shakes up Ireland for second Test



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    Superstar playmaker Johnny Sexton returns among sweeping changes to Ireland’s starting team when they attempt to level their Test series with the Wallabies.

    Sexton replaces young five eighth Joey Carbery, re-establishing his successful scrum-base partnership with halfback Conor Murray for the second Test at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Saturday night.

    Coach Joe Schmidt has made big changes to his forwards with a new front row of Cian Healy, Niall Scannell and Tadhg Furlong while Dan Leavey comes in at openside flanker ahead of Jordi Murphy and Devin Toner joins James Ryan in the second row.

    Leavey will be crucial in the breakdown battle where David Pocock dominated for the Wallabies during the first Test win in Brisbane.

    Star outside centre Gary Ringrose comes in, with Robbie Henshaw switching to inside centre and Andrew Conway takes over on the right wing from Jacob Stockdale.

    IRELAND: Rob Kearney, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Keith Earls, Johnny Sexton, Connor Murray, CJ Stander, Dan Leavy, Peter O’Mahony (capt), James Ryan, Devin Toner, Tadhg Furlong, Niall Scannell, Cian Healy. Res: Rob Herring, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.

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    • Roar Guru

      June 14th 2018 @ 3:28pm
      The Neutral View From Sweden said | June 14th 2018 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

      Much stronger side than last week.
      Bit harsh on Stockdale.
      Will be very interesting to see what Leavy can do against the Pooper.
      Bernie on the bench is another potential fight fire with fire against the Pooper.

    • Roar Guru

      June 14th 2018 @ 5:19pm
      ThugbyFan said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:19pm | ! Report

      Am surprised Jacob Stockdale got the bullet, I thought he was their most dangerous back. Is he injured?

      The rest of the players were pretty much as expected. Rob Kearney was a bit lucky and might be looking over his shoulder at Jordan Larmour. Is Larmour a common name in Ireland? I remember in Physics there is a19-20th Century Irish scientist called Joseph Larmour, famous for electromagnetic formulae and transformation contractions in relativity theory.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 5:50pm
        Cathal said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

        Stockdale didnt train fully during the week and you need to do that to have any chance of getting selected. Conway being a fullback will add another threat in the air.

        The team indicates with 3 strong fielders Ireland are going to kick alot which isnt a surprise given the weather.

      • June 15th 2018 @ 3:43pm
        Mzilikazi said | June 15th 2018 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

        ” Is Larmour a common name in Ireland?” A late reply, which you may not read, THF.

        It is in N. Ireland, but less so in the South. I would say it is of Huguenot origin…..the French Protestants forced out of France with the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Just looked on Google and the origin is given as uncertain/not known…..but I would still back the French origin.

        Huguenots also went to South Africa……lot of good rugby players descended from these people……..Blignaut (Blignault), Cronje (Cronier), de Klerk (Le Clercq), Visagie (Visage), de Villiers, du Preez, du Plessis, du Toit, du Randt, Fourie, Fouche, Giliomee (Guilliaume), Gous / Gouws (Gauch), Hugo, Joubert, Jordaan (Jourdan), Labuschagne (la Buscagne), Lange, le Roux, Leonard, …and some more too.

        USA… du Pont is one I know of……

        I long ago coached a schoolboy named Larmour…….played for Irish Schools in Australia, but did not go further.

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