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Ireland name team to play Scotland

Ireland name team to play Scotland

Joe Schmidt's Ireland team will secure the Six Nations title this weekend if they secure a bonus-point win and England fail to secure a bonus-point win against France later in the day in Paris.

Schmidt sprang a minor surprise in the second row in retaining the duo who played against Wales veteran Devin Toner, who gets his 44th start in the 54 Tests Schmidt has been in charge, and former Ireland Under-20 skipper James Ryan, who has been mightily impressive in his games against France and the Welsh. Henderson had been tipped to slot straight back into the side but Schmidt has kept faith with his most-selected player in Toner.

Follow Ireland v Scotland on Saturday (KO 2.15pm) via the live blog on RTÉ.ie/Sport and the News Now App, or listen live on RTÉ Radio 1, with commentary from Michael Corcoran and Donal Lenihan. "It's certainly thinning our blood a little bit as the crunch games come on", he said.

Ringrose inherits what's been a cursed No 13 shirt this spring, benefitting from Farrell's desperately unlucky cruciate injury blow and Robbie Henshaw's shoulder injury.

However, county Tyrone-born Farrell then suffered a season-ending knee injury in training last week, which made Ringrose's inclusion for this weekend's game nearly a certainty.

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Fit-again Henderson was expected to return to the starting line-up after a hamstring strain he suffered against Italy which saw him miss the Wales game.

"There's always concerns about players for different reasons".

"Garry's been extraordinary when he has played for us".

Ireland R Kearney (Leinster); K Earls (Munster), G Ringrose (Leinster), B Aki (Connacht), J Stockdale (Ulster); J Sexton (Leinster), C Murray (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster, capt), T Furlong, J Ryan, D Toner (all Leinster), P O'Mahony (Munster), D Leavy (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster).


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