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Live: Declan Kidney names Ireland side to face Scotland

After Scotland selected their side this morning, the Irish are about to announce their team for the Edinburgh trip.

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1.29pm That concludes the voting from the Dublin jury. There’s plenty to cause debate this lunchtime.

Jonny Sexton will start on the bench, Fergus McFadden has been shunted out of the squad and Tomás O’Leary’s back problems cost him a place in favour of Reddan.

Let us know what you think about Kidney’s decision. Is it the right side to take on this Scotland team on Sunday?

1.28pm Listen: Declan Kidney announces the team to face Scotland

1.20pm “The boys have trained well. Tomás was training with us and he pulled up with a bad back. That was the only last minute one that popped up,” says Kidney.

“Tommy [Bowe] went through the whole 80 minutes with Ospreys last week and he brings his own wealth of experience the side.

1.18pm Ronan O’Gara starts at 10 with Eoin Reddan at scrum half. Interesting.

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1.17pm We’re up-and-running. Therace to prop a Dictaphone at the top table indicates the arrival of Declan Kidney and captain Brian O’Driscoll.

1.14pm We’re still waiting for Deccie. In the meantime, it seems Jerry Flannery and John Hayes will both now miss the entire championship.

1.01pm The Ireland coach Declan Kidney will announce the side to face Scotland on Sunday in the next 15 minutes.

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We’ll keep an eye on the press conference and have the latest updates here immediately.

Ronan O’Gara could possibly come in for Jonny Sexton. The Munster out half has impressed in cameo appearances against France and Italy.

The fit-again Tommy Bowe will probably come back in on the right wing after recovering from a knee problem.

Who would you like to see in the side?

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