Ross Byrne to get the nod at 10; The importance of stopping Brian Fenton

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Jack Carty and Ross Byrne during an Ireland training session in Portugal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jack Carty and Ross Byrne during an Ireland training session in Portugal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ross Byrne is expected to be named at outhalf for his full Test debut against England on Saturday, with Jack Carty on the bench. Joe Schmidt will announce the Irish team for the warm-up game later today, but this morning Gerry Thornley has named his probable XV. Dan Leavy says he was “humbled” by the support and thoughtfulness shown to him following his horrific knee injury, and after a number of surgeries in London that included repairing his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, he’s in the rehab process and it may take over a year. He told John O’Sullivan: “Everyone has said the surgeries went really well. Even in the window between my first and second surgery, I felt great. My knee felt great. I have full faith that I will back.”

This morning’s GAA Statistics column poses the question, could Jack Barry be the first to nullify Brian Fenton? “Kerry’s last four clashes with Dublin have all been in the league – and in all of them Jack Barry has marked Fenton. The Kingdom have won two, drawn one, and lost the other. Barry has held Fenton to 0–1 across the four contests.” Eamon Donoghue breaks how the Dublin midfielder is at his most dangerous during the final quarter, and why he is Dublin’s most important player. Former Galway hurler Jeffrey Lynskey previously guided Galway to three minor All-Irelands in four years, before being succeeded by Brian Hanley, and both will also be considered a contender for the vacant Galway senior hurling manager position.

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