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Preview – Scotland v Ireland


The last Six Nations test match this weekend sees Scotland and Ireland going at each other on Sunday.

Ireland will travel to Scotland to face a inform Scotland side which will be difficult to beat at home. The fact that Ireland have not had a good Six Nations does not help the Irish side going into this game.

Gibson-Park has retain his place at nine ahead of Conor Murray after he was selected for the Italy test two weeks ago. This come as some surprise to leave an experience player like Murray out of the starting XV.

Sexton is back at ten and will lead again his country on Sunday.

There are only three changes from the side that beat Italy. Keith Earls comes back into the side in the backline with Healy and Herring that will start in the pack.

South African CJ Stander will earn his 50th test cap for Ireland when he runs out on the field ion Sunday. He made his debut for his adopted country back in 2016 against Wales and have scored 60 points to date for Ireland.

The midfield stays the same with Henshaw and Ringrose with Lowe and Keenan on the wings and Earls at Fullback.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend made four changes to his side for this test match.

WP New comes back in at tightwad and he will pack down with Turner and Sutherland.

Ritchie will return to the side to take up his position on the side of the scrum with Watson and Fagerson making up the Scottish loose trio.

Hogg, Van der Merwe and Maitland make up the back three with Johnson coming in the midfield to partner Harris.

Russell and Price are the halfbacks again this weekend.

Prediction: Scotland by 8


Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 WP Nel, 2 George Turner, 1 Rory Sutherland

Replacements: 16 David Cherry, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Nick Haining, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Darcy Graham

Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 James Lowe, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Will Connors, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Cian Healy

Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Jordan Larmour

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