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Munster's Billy Holland Called Up To Ireland Squad

Munster's Billy Holland Called Up To Ireland Squad

Joe Schmidt has reinforced his Six Nations squad.

The Irish Independent's Cian Tracey reports that Munster second row Billy Holland has been called up ahead of this weekend's game against Scotland.

The 33-year-old has one Ireland cap, won against Canada in November 2016.

Holland's call-up comes after Devin Toner aggravated an ankle injury during the defeat to England at the weekend. An injury update from the Ireland camp on Monday afternoon stated that Toner would be assessed by their medical team over the following 24 hours.

Even prior to the opening Six Nations weekend, Ireland's second row options had been diminished due to injuries suffered by both Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne.

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Henderson suffered a finger injury during Ulster's Champions Cup game against Leicester in January, one which it was said would rule him out for "several weeks".

Beirne was replaced in Ireland's original squad by Quinn Roux. The South African-born Connacht lock replaced Toner after 57 minutes of the loss to England.

Roux's Connacht teammate Ultan Dillane and Leinster's James Ryan are the other second row options in the squad.

Ireland face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday with kick-off at 2:15pm.

Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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