Team News Six Nations Ireland v Scotland

Ireland host Scotland in Dublins Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening with kick-off at 17:00 GMT and live on BBC One.

Will this see the Irish kick on from their draw in France when they let the lead slip away, or will it see Scotland deliver a complete performance? Whatever the outcome another Six Nations has seen both teams fail to meet all the expectations. Both have suffered from injuries to key players and perhaps Scotland suffer more with a lack of strength in depth.

The Irish changes are: Peter O’Mahony has replaced Sean O’Brien who has a problem with his foot and this means that Shane Jennings replaces O’Mahony on the bench. Paul O’Connell being out the captains arm band is worn by Hooker Rory Best. Donnacha Ryan comes in for the 2nd row. The other change sees Eoin Reddan in at scrum-half for the injured Conor Murray. This allows Thomas O’Leary and Mike McCarthy to come onto the bench.

Scotland Coach Andy Robinson has made just one change as Centre Nick De Luca comes in and Sean Lamont moves to the wing to replace Rory Lamont who suffered a broken leg in Scotlands last outing. Euan Murray is on the bench along with Ruaridh Jackson.

Robinson said of his team: “If we do the basic things well and are ruthless in contact then we can put ourselves in a position to defeat a very good Ireland team.”


Ireland: 15 Kearney, 14 Bowe, 13 Earls, 12 D’Arcy, 11 Trimble, 10 Sexton, 9 Reddan, 1 Healy, 2 Best(C), 3 Ross, 4 O’Callaghan, 5 Ryan, 6 Ferris, 7 O’Mahony, 8 Heaslip
Replacements: 16 Cronin, 17 Court, 18 McCarthy, 19 Jennings, 20 O’Leary, 21 O’Gara, 22 McFadden

Scotland: 15 Hogg, 14 Jones, 13 De Luca, 12 Morrison, 11 Lamont, 10 Laidlaw, 9 Blair, 1 Jacobsen, 2 Ford, 3 Cross, 4 Gray, 5 Hamilton, 6 Barclay, 7 Rennie, 8 Denton
Replacements: 16 Lawson, 17 Murray, 18 Kellock, 19 Vernon, 20 Cusiter, 21 Jackson, 22 Evans


Referee : Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Touch judges : Romain Poite (France), Greg Garner (England)
TV : Giulio De Santis (Italy)