The penultimate game in pool a visits Ireland face Samoa in Fukuoka City — using Joe Schmidts side looking to reserve their place in the quarter-finals.
The Irish were amazed by Japan a couple of weeks ago, before producing a effort against Russia — finally running out 35-0 victors. Schmidt will be thankful this fixture has not fallen foul of Typhoon Hagibis and his sides destiny is still very much in their hands.
A bonus point win will fasten Ireland a location in the previous eight regardless of the outcome of Japan v Scotland on Sunday (which could possibly be left handed ) and the selectors have named a effective side who appear more than capable of procuring the four tries.
Robbie Henshaw returns at outside centre to create his first appearance of the championship following a hamstring injury side-lined him. He associates Bundee Aki in midfield with Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray.
Rory Best Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlongs first choice front-row also return along with James Ryan and Iain Henderson in the motor area.
Samoa have failed to fire during this World Cup, so they produced their very best display of the tournament against Japan last weekend but were beaten by the hosts. And although its always dangerous to write off the Samoans their final 15 matches have produced from Spain Tonga and Russia.
One of the things fans love about Samoan football is the physicality where they play the sport, but there isnt any doubt theyve crossed the line to some events in Japan – they have already received a single red card in the World Cup and probably should have had two others.
In a match where they could become frustrated down with a lot of stage play with a is fairly priced at 6/1 and well worth a go.
Together with Murray and Sexton back to pull on the strings its hard to imagine anything apart from a Ireland victory — like they did from Scotland about the opening 36, particularly if they create a performance.
Also this Samoa team dont look like the sides and also with that I am opting to get an Ireland win they know they need the bonus point to ensure their place we have seen in decades past.
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