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Breaking: Rory Best Ruled Out Of Italy Game

Breaking: Rory Best Ruled Out Of Italy Game
By David Kent Updated
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Rory Best will not feature for Ireland against Italy.

Having missed the captain's run yesterday due to a stomach bug, Joe Schmidt had been hoping to have his captain recovered in time for the game in Rome.

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However, it was confirmed this afternoon that Best will miss the game.

Munster's Niall Scannell comes into the starting fifteen to make his Ireland debut with Leinster's James Tracy being promoted to the bench.

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It brings to an end a run of 52 consecutive Six Nations matches for the Ulster hooker. He falls just two caps short of the Irish record, which belongs to John Hayes. It's the first time Ireland will play a Six Nations match without best since March of 2006. Which is absolutely bonkers.

Jamie Heaslip will now stand is as captain in the Stadio Olimpico.

SEE ALSO: How Will Ireland Unlock Italy In Rome To Get The Required Bonus Point?

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