Scotland v Ireland: Opportunity knocks for Chris Farrell

Greig Laidlaw

Ireland lost number eight CJ Stander, lock Devin Toner and centre Garry Ringrose to injuries sustained in the 32-20 defeat and added Robbie Henshaw to the list on Thursday after he failed to recover from a dead leg and train properly this week.

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Quinn Roux, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Jack Conan.

Former Leinster player Andy Dunne says Joe Schmidt's strategical approach is very one-dimensional. "At times we might have been physically bested but I think it's the word "bullied" that's going to stick in everyone's head this weekend and we're just going to make sure it doesn't happen again".

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"We have to build our way into the game".

The Former Connacht player says Schmidt's Ireland side are more reserved than the Leinster side the New Zealander coached from 2010-13.

Partnering Bundee Aki in the center of the pitch, will be Munster's Chris Farrell. It's a knock on top of a knock.

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Kearney last played for Ireland during the November series Test against All Blacks and missed the opening game of the series against England in Dublin with a thigh injury. 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. So it's a great opportunity to get him in and give him a run.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour. "He's a guy who's coming back to form after a long lay-off".

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