15 Oct Jack Carty replaces Johnny Sexton for Ireland’s clash against Japan
Jack Carty will make just his second Test start when Ireland confront hosts Japan in Saturday’s World Cup battle in Shizuoka.
The Connacht fly-half will pilot the backline of Ireland with boss Joe Schmidt not inclined to hazard Johnny Sexton, who has nursed a minor leg issue.
Joey Carbery is fit again following ankle ligament trouble and requires a seat.
Impressed the seat in the final phases of Ireland’s 27-3 win over Scotland in Yokohama, and now the playmaker that is eight-cap gets the chance.
Sexton ceded goal-kicking duties to Conor Murray over the Scots, also has been withdrawn straight after his side attempt.
The Leinster celebrity did not train on Tuesday, also Schmidt has now chosen not to take any chances.
Keith Earls and rob Kearney return to the starting XV with Ireland producing four changes to their beginning line-up having overlooked the Pool A opener against Scotland because of injury.
His wing complaint has shaken off and Earls is over his thigh concern.
While all of the injury checks were also completed by Bundee Aki and returned to training, head coach Schmidt opted to not hazard Connacht ram centre. Chris Farrell starts together with the Munster guy in shape and fettle.
Jack Conan was due to start in the back-row but picked up an injury in training meaning Peter O’Mahony was pressed back into service.
Munster star O’Mahony failed a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) in Saturday’s win over Scotland, but quickly passed all the required checks and returned to complete training on Tuesday.
Schmidt has ended up fielding the same package that dimmed the Scots, together using Rory Greatest as captain flanked in the front-row by Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.
Iain Henderson and james Ryan will continue as Ireland flexed considerable set-piece muscle from the Scotland of Gregor Townsend, their lock partnership that went in Yokohama.
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Chris Farrell, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Conor Murray, 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best (c), 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Iain Henderson, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, seven Josh Van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 David Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Tadgh Beirne, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour