Jack Carty will make only his second Test beginning when Ireland face hosts Japan in Saturday’s World Cup clash in Shizuoka.
The Connacht fly-half will pilot Ireland’s backline with boss Joe Schmidt not willing to risk Johnny Sexton, who has nursed a slight leg issue.
Joey Carbery is inserted again following ankle ligament trouble and takes a seat.
Carty impressed off the bench in the final stages of Ireland’s 27-3 win over Scotland in Yokohama, and the playmaker that is eight-cap gets the opportunity.
Sexton ceded Conor Murray responsibilities and has been pulled right following his side’s bonus-point try.
The Leinster star didn’t train fully on Tuesday, also Schmidt has chosen not to take any chances.
Keith Earls and rob Kearney return into the starting XV with Ireland producing four changes with overlooked the Pool A opener against Scotland because of injury.
Kearney has shaken off his wing criticism and Earls is now over his thigh concern.
While all of the mind injury checks were completed by Bundee Aki and returned to complete training, head coach Schmidt opted not to risk Connacht’s battering ram centre. Chris Farrell begins at inside center, together with the Munster man in form and fettle.
Jack Conan was due to start in the back-row but picked up an injury in training on Thursday, meaning Peter O’Mahony was pushed back into service.
Munster star O’Mahony neglected a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) in Saturday’s win over Scotland, but immediately passed all the essential checks and returned to complete training on Tuesday.
Schmidt has ended up the identical package that dimmed the Scots, together using Rory Best as captain flanked from the front-row from Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong.
James Ryan along with Iain Henderson will last their venture that went in Yokohama since Ireland flexed considerable set-piece muscle.
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Chris Farrell, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jack Carty, 9 Conor Murray, 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best (c), 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Iain Henderson, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh Van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 David Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Tadgh Beirne, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour
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