Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his starting 15 to face Russia in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup

The match is in Kobe on Thursday and it includes Johnny Sexton

The influential Leinster out-half missed the defeat to Japan with a quad muscle injury. 

Sexton will also captain the side. 

In all, Schmidt has made 11 changes from the side which suffered that shock 19-12 defeat to Japan.

Number eight Jordi Murphy has been thrown straight into the fray having been flown out to Japan to replace the injured Jack Conan.

Schmidt has picked a tight-five that is made up entirely of Munster players, with Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan forming the front row. 

Jean Kleyn will make his World Cup debut in the second row alongside Tadhg Beirne.

Chris Farrell wasn't considered due to concussion, while Robbie Henshaw's target will be the Samoa match as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

Kick off on Thursday is at 11.15am Irish time. 

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