BBC Sport - Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw deserve Irish chance - Joe Schmidt

Payne & Henshaw 'deserve chance'

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw have earned their opportunity to face South Africa in Saturday's opening Autumn Test.

Payne will attempt to fill the boots of retired Brian O'Driscoll and will be partnered by Connacht youngster Henshaw at centre.

Schmidt says that Gordon D'Arcy will feature later in the autumn series as Ireland take on Georgia and Australia.

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