Ireland make five changes for 'second chance' against Scots

Ireland make five changes for 'second chance' against Scots

Ireland lost their opening fixture against England in Dublin, and will face a Scotland side who won last week at Murrayfield in a 33-20 bonus point win over Italy.

Rob Kearney comes in for his 88th cap at full-back in place of Robbie Henshaw, with Chris Farrell replacing Garry Ringrose at outside centre and South African-born lock Quinn Roux, flanker Sean O'Brien and No 8 Jack Conan all stepping into the pack.

Of his half-backs, Schmidt said: "They are class players and class is permanent". "At times we might have been physically bested but I think it's the word "bullied" that's going to stick in everyone's head this weekend and we're just going to make sure it doesn't happen again". And we try to vary our defensive game.

"We could be struck with a similar circumstance to what we had four years ago", Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said of the changes, referencing the 2015 World Cup when his side did not have the depth to cope with a string of frontline absentees.

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The final change sees Chris Farrell making his first start in the Six Nations Championship at the expense of injured Garry Ringrose as Ireland aim to get their first win in the tournament. "It's just a bit of aggravation after having a knock".

'It does make it hard; the problem is he maybe could have played, but if you get another bump on it, it debilitates you quickly, and then you have to make another change'.

Potent Munster midfielder Farrell has struggled with a series of knee injuries since his last Test appearance, a man of the match showing in Ireland's 37-27 Six Nations victory over Wales in February 2018.

"You've got Chris Farrell sitting in the wings, massively motivated to do his best". 'So it's a great opportunity to get him in and give him a run. "He's coming back to form after a long lay-off", Schmidt added.

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