The Ireland team to play England on Saturday has been named, the game is live on Sky Sports at 3pm.
The big news is that Ross Byrne comes in to make his first test start, he won two caps off the bench to date – against Italy in Chicago in November last year and as a replacement for Darren Sweetnam in the last of Ireland’s autumn internationals against the USA three weeks later.
Connacht number 10 Jack Carty is named on the bench as Schmidt prepares to give some big-match experience to both fly-halves in the light of the ankle injury which has put Joey Carbery’s place in the World Cup squad in doubt.
Byrne appeared to slip down the pecking order in last season’s Six Nations as Carty was called up as Johnny Sexton’s understudy after Carbery was sidelined with a hamstring problem.
Carty made three appearances off the bench during the tournament, before making a fourth in the opening warm-up game earlier this month.
Byrne was one of three fly-halves who were part of the squad to tour Australia in June 2018 but despite being named among the replacements for the third Test of that series he remained unused.
The Ireland coaching group have made several other changes to the side that faced Italy two weeks ago as the squad continues its build up to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Rory Best will captain the side to play England at Twickenham on Saturday and is joined in the front row by Cian Healy and Tadgh Furlong. Iain Henderson and Jean Kleyn lock down the second row with Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander named in the backrow.
Rob Kearney lines out at fullback with Jordan Larmour and Jacob Stockdale on the wings. Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose are the midfield partnership with Ross Byrne and Conor Murray named at half-back.
The replacements named for Saturday’s game are Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Tadgh Beirne, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty and Andrew Conway.
The match will be broadcast by Sky Sports.
IRELAND Squad v England – 2019 August International
15.Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90 caps
14.Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 14 caps
13.Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21 caps
12.Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17 caps
11.Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19 caps
10.Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
9.Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72 caps
1.Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89 caps
2.Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117 caps
3.Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 33 caps
4.Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 45 caps
5.Jean Kleyn (Munster) 1 cap
6.Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 57 caps
7.Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 17 caps
8.CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 31 caps
16.Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 caps
17.Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 55 caps
18.Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
19.Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 65 caps
20.Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 6 caps
21.Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 11 caps
22.Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4 caps
23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 13 caps