Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are out of starting line-up vs England

Ireland to take on new look in Autumn Nations Cup as Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are out of starting line-up for an England Test for first time in NINE YEARS

  • Ireland take on England at Twickenham on Saturday in Autumn Nations Cup
  • Johnny Sexton is out of the clash against England with a hamstring injury 
  • Conor Murray, meanwhile, has been consigned to the bench this weekend
  • Ross Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park are the new scrum-half and fly-half pairing

Ireland will be without both Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in their starting line-up for an England game for the first time in nine years at Twickenham this Saturday.

With Sexton injured and Murray consigned to the bench, Ross Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park are the new scrum-half and fly-half combination for the Irish in the Autumn Nations Cup clash.

The last time neither Murray or Sexton played in an England Test was way back in August 2011, before that year’s World Cup, when Eoin Reddan partnered Ronan O’Gara.

Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of the clash with England due to a hamstring injury

Conor Murray has been consigned to the bench for Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup fixture

Andy Farrell said: ‘I’m excited about it. There are a few changes in there, and I’m excited to see how those guys go on the weekend at Twickenham.

‘Ross deserves the chance. How do you find out about guys unless you give them an opportunity? Ross has been involved in a lot of big games for Leinster.

‘He’ll play his own game – how he tends to play the game he’s very cool, calm and collected.

‘This is a big game, and we’ll find out about ourselves on Saturday.’

Ross Byrne (L) and Jamison Gibson-Park (R) are the new scrum-half and fly-half combination

Byrne is into the side along with Bundee Aki, who comes in for injured Robbie Henshaw, and CJ Stander plays blindside flanker with Peter O’Mahony moving to the No 7 shirt and Caelen Doris at No 8.

Keith Earls plays right wing with last week’s debutant James Lowe on the other side with Hugo Keenan at full-back.

In Sexton’s absence lock James Ryan captains the Irish, who have not beaten England since they won the Six Nations Grand Slam at Twickenham in 2018.

‘I don’t have a crystal ball, or can’t make promises,’ Farrell added.

Andy Farrell’s side head into the England match off the back of their 32-9 victory over Wales

‘This is a different group and will be a different game on the weekend.

‘We know that England’s game is very much territory based, and they try to force errors upon you. In the last outing we weren’t clinical enough, and when things go wrong like that teams tend to be physical.

‘I have no doubt we will be physical this weekend.’

On Ryan, Farrell said: ‘Over the last couple of years everyone has talked about him being a captain for this team. I saw nine months ago in the Six Nations that he thought “people are talking about me in this role, maybe I should do something about it”. I have been super impressed over the last few months.’


 15. Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 3 caps

14. Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 85 caps

13. Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 11 caps

12. Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 28 caps

11. James Lowe (Leinster) 1 cap

10. Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 8 caps

9. Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 3 caps

1. Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 101 caps

2. Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 4 caps

3. Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 29 caps

4. Quinn Roux (Connacht/Galwegians) 13 caps

5. James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 29 caps CAPTAIN

6. CJ Stander (Munster/Shannon) 43 caps

7. Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 70 caps

8. Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 5 caps


16. Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 13 caps

17. Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 3 caps

18. Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 12 caps

19. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 55 caps

20. Will Connors (Leinster/UCD) 3 caps

21. Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 84 caps

22. Billy Burns (UIster) 1 cap

23. Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 30 caps

Share this article

Source: Read Full Article