Saturday 17 August 2019

Injury rules Robbie Henshaw out of Ireland's clash with Argentina as Adam Byrne makes debut

Robbie Henshaw and (inset) Adam Byrne
Robbie Henshaw and (inset) Adam Byrne
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Robbie Henshaw is out of Ireland's final November international against Argentina with a hamstring injury.

The centre damaged his hamstring in training earlier this week and sat out this morning's training session at Carton House. The full extent of the injury is not yet known.

The loss of a first-choice option like Henshaw is a major blow to Joe Schmidt who is aiming for a clean sweep in this window after wins over South Africa and Fiji.

His absence has opened the door for Chris Farrell to start against the Pumas after lining out at outside centre last weekend against Fiji.

Adam Byrne will make his debut in a team that sees three changes from the 15 who beat South Africa two weeks ago.

Ireland team v Argentina: R Kearney; A Byrne, C Farrell, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best (capt), T Furlong; J Ryan; I Henderson, P O'Mahony, S O'Brien, CJ Stander.

Replacements: J Tracy, D Kilcoyne, J Ryan, D Toner, R Ruddock, L McGrath, I Keatley, A Conway.

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