Ireland and Samoa start their French journey early as they head to Bayonne for a Rugby World Cup warm-up fixture.
With Andy Farrell resulting from identify his event squad on Monday, this represents a closing audition for the Irish gamers in opposition to tough opposition within the French Basque Country.
Samoa have been boosted by the addition of quite a lot of gamers who’ve switched allegiance, with ex-All Blacks Steven Luatua and Lima Sopoaga amongst these boosting Seilala Mapusua’s choices.
They will hope to finish Ireland’s unbeaten yr with only a fortnight to go till the World Cup begins.
Here’s every part it is advisable know.
When is Ireland vs Samoa?
Ireland vs Samoa is because of kick off at 7.45pm BST on Saturday 26 August on the Stade Jean Dauger in Bayonne, France.
How can I watch it?
Viewers within the United Kingdom can watch the match stay on Amazon Prime Video, with protection on the streaming service from 7.35pm BST.
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While Dan Sheehan’s damage just isn’t as dangerous as feared, hooker depth stays a priority for Andy Farrell with Ronan Kelleher having additionally been coping with an damage. There is, then, a primary begin for Tom Stewart within the coronary heart of the entrance row, whereas Iain Henderson skippers the aspect at lock. Ryan Baird, Josh van der Flier and Caelan Doris kind an all-Leinster again row trio, whereas Conor Murray joins younger ten Jack Crowley in a pairing of Munster-men within the halves.
Every week on from incomes his one hundredth cap, Keith Earls is promoted with reverse wing Mack Hansen the one member of the beginning backline in opposition to England retained.
Seilala Mapusua palms a debut to Lima Sopoaga, who featured for the primary time in a Samoan shirt in final weekend’s non-capped win over the Barbarians. The former New Zealand fly half provides a lot to a flexible backline that sees Duncan Paia’aua deployed at full again and UJ Seuteni’s silky abilities at outdoors centre.
Chris Vui will lead from the second row with co-captain Michael Alaalatoa solely on the bench, whereas James Lay, overlooked of Mapusua’s preliminary 32-man World Cup squad, swaps locations with brother Jordan, who made the lower for the event and began in opposition to the Baa-Baas final week.
Ireland XV: 1. Cian Healy, 2. Tom Stewart, 3. Finlay Bealham; 4. Iain Henderson (capt.), 5. Tadhg Beirne; 6. Ryan Baird, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris; 9. Conor Murray, 10. Jack Crowley; 11. Keith Earls, 12. Stuart McCloskey, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 14. Mack Hansen; 15. Jimmy O’Brien.
Replacements: 16. Rob Herring, 17. Jeremy Loughman, 18. Tom O’Toole, 19. James Ryan, 20. Peter O’Mahony; 21. Craig Casey, 22. Ross Byrne, 23. Garry Ringrose.
Samoa XV: 1. James Lay, 2. Seilala Lam, 3. Paul Alo-Emile; 4. Chris Vui (co-capt.), 5. Theo McFarland; 6. Taleni Seu, 7. Fritz Lee, 8. Steven Luatua; Jonathan Taumateine, 10. Liam Sopoaga; 11. Nigel Ah Wong, 12. Tumua Manu, 13. UJ Seuteni, 14. Ed Fidow; 15. Duncan Paia’aua.
Replacements: 16. Sama Malolo, 17. Jordan Lay, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Miracle Fai’ilagi, 20. Jordan Taufua; 21. Ere Enari, 22. Christian Leali’ifano, 23. Neria Foma’i.
Ireland win 1/66
Samoa win 14/1
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Ireland are snug victors. Ireland 42-19 Samoa