Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return

Heather Diaz
February 9, 2019

"I think it will be a very fast, very physical game, a fantastic game to watch".

Into the Ireland team comes Jack Conan, Chris Farrell, Quinn Roux and Rob Kearney while Scotland have also made four changes with Sean Maitland, Jonny Gray, Simon Berghan and back-row, Josh Strauss, all named in the team. It is easy to identify any reservations that Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach, may have had about the player. "You've got to get out and you've got to play well in the first game", he told a news conference.

Munster powerhouse Farrell will partner Bundee Aki in midfield, with Robbie Henshaw dropping out of Ireland's match squad due to a dead leg.

Rob Kearney has returned at full-back after the experiment of moving Henshaw to 15 to face England failed amid Ireland's heavy defeat in Dublin.

Toner's ankle injury has exacerbated the absences at lock of Iain Henderson with a finger problem and Tadhg Beirne with knee trouble.

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"Robbie Henshaw has a dead leg and just hasn't recovered in time", said Schmidt. 'It's just a bit of aggravation after having a knock.

Kearney approached the Six Nations chasing full fitness after a thigh issue and stayed with Leinster when Ireland headed off for warm-weather training in Portugal.

"It does make it hard".

"It does make it hard; the problem is he maybe could have played. It probably took us until today to really get a spring back in our step and really get hungry because we can't pass up a second opportunity". "He stepped in once a year ago and got man of the match and he's a guy who's getting back to form after the long lay-off he had".

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