Munster Rugby’s Joey Carbery will start at fly-half for Ireland against Italy on Saturday in Chicago after a pair of impressive Heineken Champions Cup performances this season. 

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has opted to select the versatile 23-year-old at No. 10 after he scored 21 points in two matches to lift Munster to the top of Pool 2. 

Carbery – who was named Heineken Man of the Match in his side’s Round 2 win over Gloucester Rugby – moved from Leinster to Munster in the off-season after helping his former province to a fourth European Cup. 

The fly-half, who made five appearances during last season’s run to the Bilbao final, will team up with Leinster scrum-half Luke McGrath at Soldier Field. 

Lock Tadhg Beirne will make his third appearance for Ireland since moving from Welsh region Scarlets to Munster during the off-season. 

Schmidt has named two uncapped players in his 23-man squad in Leinster fly-half Ross Byrne and Ulster Rugby centre Will Addison, who are on the replacements bench.