Ire­land switches up ros­ter

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

FLEDG­LING fly-half Joey Car­bery could make his Test de­but as Ire­land go in search of a first win over New Zealand when they face the world cham­pi­ons in Chicago on Novem­ber 5.

Car­berry, in­cluded in a 27-man squad on Oc­to­ber 31 – a day be­fore his 21st birthday – has made just nine se­nior ap­pear­ances for Le­in­ster.

But with Ul­ster’s Paddy Jack­son miss­ing the trip to the United States for per­sonal rea­sons (see main story), Car­bery could pro­vide bench cover for first-choice No 10 Jonathan Sex­ton af­ter he was se­lected ahead of Ian Madi­gan, now at French club Bordeaux.

The Ir­ish will be with­out ex­pe­ri­enced for­wards Peter O’Ma­hony, Sean O’Brien and Iain Hen­der­son – all re­turn­ing to fit­ness – as they bid to de­feat a New Zealand side look­ing to ex­tend their world record for suc­ces­sive in­ter­na­tional wins by a ma­jor rugby na­tion to 19 con­sec­u­tive Tests.

In 28 Tests span­ning more than a hun­dred years, Ire­land have never beaten New Zealand, with their best re­sult a 10-10 draw in Dublin in 1973.

But their last meet­ing saw Ire­land, un­der New Zealand-born Joe Sch­midt, go des­per­ately close be­fore Ryan Crotty’s in­jury-time try, con­verted by Aaron Cruden, gave the All Blacks a 24-22 win at Dublin’s Lans­downe Road three years ago.

Ire­land and New Zealand will meet again in Dublin on Novem­ber 19. –

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