Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
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Schmidt Will Announce Irish Team At Lunchtime

Schmidt Will Announce Irish Team At Lunchtime

Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose have been drafted into Ireland's Six Nations team to face Scotland on Saturday.

Furlong and Henderson missed the Wales game because of hamstring injuries but the British and Irish Lions duo both returned to full training this week.

Henderson had been widely tipped to slot straight back into the starting line-up, but coach Joe Schmidt has kept faith with his most-selected player in Toner.

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After Scotland's sensational victory over England last time out, Ireland are five points clear of Eddie Jones' Six Nations champions at the top of the table.

Speaking at Carton House during the pre-match press conference, Schmidt said those anxious that Ireland's attack doesn't go out wide and to the backs enough need to look at the games they've played a little closer.

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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The Leinster centre comes straight back into Schmidt's XV following the loss of Robbie Henshaw and Farrell earlier in the championship and it's a measure of Ireland's squad depth that the Kiwi can call upon a player of Ringrose's calibre at this juncture. Garry has only had six games in this entire season.

'That's something you calculate in but sometimes you don't have the luxury of a plethora of options.

"He was extraordinary when he played previous year", Ireland fullback Rob Kearney added.

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He takes his place on the bench whilst flanker Jordi Murphy gets his first call-up of the tournament in place of Jack Conan, and young tyro Jordan Larmour - who came on to make his Test debut against Italy - regains his place at the expense of his more experienced Leinster team-mate Fergus McFadden.

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.

Furlong lines up alongside captain Rory Best and Cian Healy in the front row, while the back-row trio of Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy and CJ Stander remains.

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