Conor Murray and Joey Carbery gave each other the chance to impress against Argentina
Conor Murray and Joey Carbery were selected as Irish half-backs for Sunday’s fall series final against Argentina in Dublin.
The Munster duo replace injured Leinster Jamison Gibson-Park and Johnny Sexton in four changes to the squad that started last weekend’s 29-20 win over New Zealand.
Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune and Leinster center Robbie Henshaw were also called up by Andy Farrell, Andrew Conway and Bundee Aki having dropped out of the squad.
Scrum-half Murray, who toured with the British and Irish Lions over the summer, will make his first start in Ireland since March, while Carbery was awarded for his winning cameo against the All Blacks.
The provincial teammates have only been paired once before at Test level, an 18-9 loss on the 2018 Australian tour.
Lock James Ryan will captain his country for the fifth time after influential Sexton was ruled out for up to six weeks after twisting a knee and ankle against the Kiwis.
Meanwhile, Henshaw is coming back from a foot injury for his first outing of the season, with Garry Ringrose in midfield.
Baloucoune – who made his tryout debut against the United States in July – will line up on the right flank, with James Lowe and Hugo Keenan being held on the left wing and full-back, respectively.
Head coach Farrell, whose team is aiming for an eighth consecutive victory, has resisted changes in his forwards, with lockdown Iain Henderson again being the only non-Leinster player selected from the start.
Ulster captain Henderson will sit alongside substitute skipper Ryan in second row, behind Andrew Porter, Ronan Kelleher and Tadhg Furlong, with Jack Conan between Caelan Doris and Josh Van Der Flier in last row.
Inexperienced quartet Dan Sheehan, Tom O’Toole, Craig Casey and Harry Byrne, who won just six caps in total, were included among the substitutes, joining Cian Healy, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony and Keith Earls.