Scotland v Ireland: team announcements

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has made four changes to his unbeaten side as they continue their Grand Slam quest. They’ll face a Scotland side containing Chris Paterson at full-back.

Jamie Heaslip, Jerry Flannery, Tomas O’Leary and Paddy Wallace are dropped from the Irish side, whilst Scotland suddenly have too many options in the second row.

Who do you think will win?

Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Mike Blair (Edinburgh, capt), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Locks from Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Perpignan), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors and Jason White (Sale Sharks), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester), John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Taylor (Stade Francais)

Replacements: Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), TBC, Scott Gray (Northampton Saints), Chris Cusiter (Perpignan), TBC, Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh)

R Kearney (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O’Driscoll (Leinster, captain), G D’Arcy (Leinster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster); R O’Gara (Munster), P Stringer (Munster); M Horan (Munster), R Best (Ulster), J Hayes (Munster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), P O’Connell (Munster), S Ferris (Ulster), D Wallace (Munster), D Leamy (Munster).

Replacements: J Flannery (Munster), T Court (Ulster), M O’Driscoll (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster), T O’Leary (Munster), P Wallace (Ulster), G Murphy (Leicester)

3 thoughts on “Scotland v Ireland: team announcements

  1. It’s pleasant to see Scotland opting for another expansive team and making a statement that their going to have a go at the Grand Slam contenders. The inclusion of Paterson also offers an insurance policy with his goal kicking prowess. But I still fancy Ireland for the win and the Slam.

  2. Ireland must be big favourites. I hope Scotland make a game of it or even snick it. If they win by a large score it will effectively kill the tournament as Ireland will be way in front in terms of points, with only the Grand Slam to loose.

  3. Ireland are resting certain key players in preparation for the Wales game, but are able to call on strong replacements i.e. Best, Leamy, Stringer and D’Arcy.

    Should be a good game.

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