Watch: Our writers on Ireland's first Rugby World Cup starting XV

Watch: Our writers on Ireland's first Rugby World Cup starting XV

Injuries have dominated the discussion of Joe Schmidt's team selection for the Scotland game on Sunday, and Brendan O'Brien and Simon Lewis believe the game is "a huge ask" for Jordan Larmour.

Our correspondents in Japan look at the team in detail and how Ireland need to approach "the pivotal game in the Pool" against Scotland.


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