Schmidt goes with tried and tested

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:41
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a powerful side to take on Scotland in the Six Nations on Saturday.

Rory Best will captain the side on his 101st cap for Ireland and is joined in the front row by Tadhg Furlong and Jack McGrath. 

Devin Toner and Iain Henderson form the second row partnership with Christiaan Stander, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip named in the back row.

Conor Murray and Paddy Jackson are the halfback combination with Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose partnering in midfield. 

Rob Kearney is named at fullback with Simon Zebo and Keith Earls on the wings.

The uncapped Niall Scannell is named on the bench which also includes Cian Healy, John Ryan, Ultan Dillane and Josh Van der Flier as forwards cover.

Kieran Marmion, Ian Keatley and Tommy Bowe are named as the replacement backs.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Christiaan Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best, 1 Jack McGrath.       
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Cian Healy, 18 John Ryan, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Tommy Bowe.

Date: Saturday, February 4
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland
Kick-off: 14.25 (14.25 GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Nick Briant (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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