Six Nations: Farrell starts for Ireland at Scotland

Tanya Simon
February 9, 2019

There was an expectation that he'd be fit to start Saturday's match against Scotland at Murrayfield in the Guinness Six Nations.

Munster's Chris Farrell will make his first Test start in nearly a year when Ireland face Scotland this weekend, with Robbie Henshaw ruled out through a dead leg.

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

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Garry Ringrose injured his hamstring in the loss in Dublin, so Farrell and Bundee Aki will make up the center pairing.

Toner's ankle injury has exacerbated the absences at lock of Iain Henderson with a finger problem and Tadhg Beirne with knee trouble. It's a knock on top of a knock. This was, after all, Cooney's first taste of Six Nations rugby, and he was only on the...

"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". It's a great opportunity to get him in. Joe Schmidt said. "It's a pretty exciting opportunity to give Chris Farrell the chance to play against Scotland".

Maitland - who has four Heineken Champions Cup tries from five appearances this season - will form a familiar back three with Glasgow Warriors wing Tommy Seymour and full-back Stuart Hogg, with the trio combining for the 18th time for Scotland.

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