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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Scotland

Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team To Face Scotland
By PJ Browne Updated
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Joe Schmidt has named his team to face Scotland in Ireland's opening game of the Six Nations on Saturday.

With Johnny Sexton out of contention for a place due to a calf injury, Paddy Jackson starts at out-half. Ian Keatley is among the replacements as cover for Jackson.

Peter O'Mahony was ruled out earlier this week due to a tight hamstring. Andrew Trimble would have been in line for a place in the starting team, however, a groin injury means Keith Earls will instead wear the number 14 jersey.

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Donnacha Ryan has a medial ligament meaning Iain Henderson will start the game in the second row and Ultan Dillane will be on the bench.

Rob Kearney
Keith Earls
Garry Ringrose
Robbie Henshaw
Simon Zebo
Paddy Jackson
Conor Murray
Jack McGrath
Rory Best
Tadhg Furlong
Iain Henderson
Devin Toner
CJ Stander
Sean O'Brien
Jamie Heaslip


Munster hooker Niall Scannell is in line for his international debut. With Sean Cronin out injured, Scannell takes a spot on the bench after impressive first half of the season for his province.

While there are no real surprises among those who will start the game, there is one on the bench. Tommy Bowe could get him first cap since the 2015 World Cup. The 32-year-old will wear number 23.

Replacements:

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Niall Scannell, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion, Ian Keatley, Tommy Bowe

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has also named his starting team for the game.

Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson; Richie Gray, Jonny Gray; Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson, Josh Strauss.

Picture credit: SPORTSFILE

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