Returning Sexton Set To Lead Ireland’s World Cup Hopes

Jonny Sexton

Johnny Sexton is back in the Ireland team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup opener against Romania.

The Ireland captain has missed the last six months due to a combination of injury and suspension.

Sexton suffered a serious groin injury in the Six Nations Grand Slam-winning Test against  England in Dublin on March 18, which kept him out of the remainder of Leinster’s club season.

Ireland coach Andy Farrell has gone with a strong starting 15 for their Pool B opener in Bordeaux.

Joe McCarthy starts in the second row alongside James Ryan so Tadhg Beirne’s named in the back row – there’s also a start on the wing for Keith Earls, while Jack Crowley is preferred to Ross Byrne among the replacements.