1. ITV Report

Ireland name team for World Cup clash with Scotland

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Ireland have announced their team for the opening game of the World Cup.

Rory Best will captain the side to face Scotland on Sunday, while Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale and Iain Henderson are both included.

However Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Joey Carberry all out.

Speaking in Japan on Friday morning, head coach Joe Schmidt said Ireland ran out of time with the injured backs but insisted “we will be hard to beat”.

He said: "Keith Earls was the sharpest player on Wednesday at training. He's good and Rob Kearney trained well as well.

“We were really just getting tight for time.”

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Jordan Larmour faces the biggest challenge of his fledgling Test career as he starts at full-back for the opener.

The 22-year-old Leinster speed merchant will make just his seventh Test start when slotting into Ireland's starting XV with Rob Kearney unable to fend off his calf problem.

Andrew Conway will start on the wing with his Munster team-mate Keith Earls not fully fit after a thigh complaint.

He has impressed across Ireland's warm-up matches and has always proved hugely reliable under the high ball.

Garry Ringrose has edged out Chris Farrell to start at outside centre, with Robbie Henshaw missing out due to hamstring trouble.

Rory Best captains the side from hooker on his 121st cap, while Iain Henderson will partner James Ryan at lock, with Tadhg Beirne on the bench.

Jack Carty is preferred to Joey Carbery on the bench.

Ireland v Scotland in the Rugby World Cup will be shown live on UTV on Sunday morning.