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Henshaw unfit for Ireland, Fitzgerald stands in

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Henshaw unfit for Ireland, Fitzgerald stands in

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) -- Ireland will take advantage of Luke Fitzgerald's versatility when he stands in for injured inside center Robbie Henshaw for their Rugby World Cup opening match against Canada in Cardiff on Saturday.

Henshaw's dodgy hamstring prevented coach Joe Schmidt from naming his strongest side on Thursday.

Fitzgerald, usually on the wing, played in the No. 12 jersey beside Brian O'Driscoll in November 2008 against Canada, New Zealand, and Argentina. He wore No. 13 in his last outing, last month against Wales.

Scrumhalf Conor Murray recovered from a concussion against England two weeks ago, his third head knock in a year, and fullback Rob Kearney was passed fit following a bruised knee.


Ireland: Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney, Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Keith Earls, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, Paul O'Connell (captain), Iain Henderson, Mike Ross, Rory Best, Jack McGrath. Reserves: Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Nathan White, Donnacha Ryan, Chris Henry, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Simon Zebo.

Updated : 2021-09-18 12:44 GMT+08:00