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Ireland make five changes for Murrayfield

7th February 2019, 17:29 by Aidan Perkins

Ireland trio Chris Farrell, Rob Kearney and Quinn Roux are among five changes for Saturday's Six Nations game in Scotland.

They are drafted in along with Jack Conan and Sean O'Brien, with head coach Joe Schmidt rotating his side and reacting to injuries for the trip to Murrayfield.

Farrell replaces injured centre Garry Ringrose, Kearney comes in at fullback in place of Robbie Henshaw, who suffered a knock in training, while Roux is named in the XV in place of the injured Devin Toner.

Conan is preferred to CJ Stander at No.8 and O'Brien gets the nod instead of Josh van der Flier in the back row.

Ireland will be looking to bounce back after a 32-20 defeat against England in Dublin in their first game last weekend, while Scotland overcame Italy 33-20.

Schmidt says it's a great chance for Farrell to showcase his talent in Edinburgh, with changes inevitable after a tough opener against England at the Aviva Stadium.

"Robbie has a dead leg and just hasn't recovered in time," he said. "We're just going to have to forge ahead, but it's an exciting opportunity to give Chris Farrell a run against Scotland. He's coming back to form after a long lay-off.

"We need to be able to be flexible. We need to have guys transition in and out as seamlessly as possible. That's an opportunity that has presented itself. Maybe there would have been a bit of that anyway."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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