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Dan Sheridan/INPHO Henderson and second row partner Devin Toner at training this morning.
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Henderson, Jackson and O'Brien start as Joe Schmidt names team for Scotland
Ireland’s Six Nations campaign gets underway at Murrayfield on Saturday.

JOE SCHMIDT HAS revealed his hand for Ireland’s opening Six Nations assignment against Scotland on Saturday afternoon [KO 2.25pm] with Ulster’s Iain Henderson to start in the second row.

Henderson will continue his partnership with Devin Toner at Murrayfield while Ultan Dillane will be held in reserve for the clash with Vern Cotter’s side. There is no place in the 23 for Munster’s Donnacha Ryan.

Other than Henderson’s inclusion, it’s pretty much as expected with Paddy Jackson deputising for the injured Johnny Sexton and Sean O’Brien starting at openside flanker.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose will bring their flourishing centre partnership to the international stage while Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo complete the back three.

Andrew Trimble has failed to prove his fitness after emerging as a doubt earlier in the week and joins Sexton and Peter O’Mahony on the injured list.

In all, there are three changes in personnel from the side that beat Australia in Ireland’s last November Test with O’Brien’s return meaning Josh van der Flier has to settle for a place on the bench.

Joe Schmidt Gary Carr / INPHO Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO

The Leinster flanker is joined among the replacements by Niall Scannell — a potential debutant — while Kieran Marmion and Ian Keatley have been preferred as scrum-half and out-half cover to Luke McGrath and Rory Scannell respectively.

Meanwhile, Trimble’s unavailability means Tommy Bowe could be in line to make his first international appearance since sustaining that horrific knee injury in the World Cup defeat to Argentina in September 2015.


15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Simon Zebo
10. Paddy Jackson
9. Conor Murray

1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best (captain)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. Devin Toner
6. CJ Stander
7. Sean O’Brien
8. Jamie Heaslip


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16. Niall Scannell
17. Cian Healy
18. John Ryan
19. Ultan Dillane
20. Josh van der Flier
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Ian Keatley
23. Tommy Bowe

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