Joe Schmidt is reluctant to replace Ireland half backs

Ross Houston
February 9, 2019

"You've got to get out and you've got to play well in the first game", he told a news conference.

There wouldn't be too many weeks go by that I don't get a letter, suggesting somebody play there, or suggesting a set play or suggesting something.

Injuries to Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose, who picked up a knock in training, have led to a start for Chris Farrell at outside centre, with Rob Kearney returning at full-back after a thigh injury.


Henshaw did not convince at full back against England and Rob Kearney had already been slated in for an immediate return at 15.

Garry Ringrose injured his hamstring in the loss in Dublin, so Farrell and Bundee Aki will make up the center pairing.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.


'Robbie has a dead leg and just hasn't recovered in time, ' said Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. "It's just a bit of aggravation after having a knock".

Scotland are unbeaten in seven home Six Nations matches since losing to England in February 2016 and the progression of Edinburgh and Glasgow to this season's European Champions Cup quarter-finals has given them an extra boost.

"It does make it hard".


'It does make it hard; 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'. "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.

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