Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kinghorn to make first Scotland start against Ireland

Kinghorn to make first Scotland start against Ireland

Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Jack McGrath, 18-Andrew Porter, 19-Iain Henderson, 20-Jordi Murphy, 21-Kieran Marmion, 22-Joey Carbery, 23-Jordan Larmour.

IAIN HENDERSON has been forced to settle for a place on the bench as Joe Schmidt has kept faith with Devin Toner.

England are not worrying about securing a bonus point win over France that could potentially stop Ireland winning the Six Nations this weekend, says winger Anthony Watson.

The second row partnership is unchanged, with James Ryan packing down alongside Devin Toner. The 31-year-old will win his 57th cap on Saturday, 43 of them coming as starts under the Kiwi. "It's certainly thinning our blood a little bit as the crunch games come on", he said.

However, county Tyrone-born Farrell then suffered a season-ending knee injury in training last week, which made Ringrose's inclusion for this weekend's game nearly a certainty.

Henderson suffered a hamstring injury during the round two win over Italy and sat out the following week's defeat of Wales, a game Schmidt said he could have played in but it would have been a risk. Jared Payne hasn't played since the British and Irish Lions tour because of headaches, Robbie Henshaw dislocated his shoulder against Italy, and Chris Farrell, man of the match in the last test, tore knee ligaments in training. "There's always concerns about players for different reasons, and Garry's only had six games in this entire season", the head coach said.

Ireland R Kearney (Leinster); K Earls (Munster), G Ringrose (Leinster), B Aki (Connacht), J Stockdale (Ulster); J Sexton (Leinster), C Murray (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster, capt), T Furlong, J Ryan, D Toner (all Leinster), P O'Mahony (Munster), D Leavy (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster).

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