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Preview – Ireland v Scotland

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Scotland have been the one side internationally that have been surprising the top nations for a good year now and it is damn exciting.

This weekend it is Ireland who are leading the Six Nations, that will be hosting the brave Scots and it is gonna be a cracker.

Ireland have been talked up as a contender for next year’s World Cup in Japan and they will go into this match as favorites.

The Scottish have been building nicely and they are playing some awesome rugby not just in this Six Nations but the last year.

That there is an chance for an upset will make the Irish a bit nervous and we can expect a cracker.

Scotland coach Townsend has made only one change to his side that beat the English with Seymore that have not recover from his injury.

This has given Blair Kinghorn is first start with Lee Jones to take his place on the bench.

“We were delighted with the result against England and backing up our win against France with an improved performance,” said Townsend.

“The intent we showed in attack and defence in the first half was very encouraging and we continued to work hard in the second-half. The effort that went into denying England a second try in the closing minutes was great to see.

“Our players had prepared very well for the challenge of taking on England and there has been a similar focus and commitment this week at training.

“There are a few areas of our game that we are working to improve and we are aware that we will have to be better if we are to beat a very good Ireland side in Dublin.”

Ireland has made two changes to their side with the return of Tadhg Furlong returning to the front-row.

The other is Gary Ringrose returning to partner Bundee Aki.

Prediction: Ireland with 7.

Teams:

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Devin Toner, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (c), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Lee Jones

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