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Schmidt excited to see Farrell in action against Scotland

Schmidt excited to see Farrell in action against Scotland”

Toner has missed only six tests since Joe Schmidt became Ireland coach in 2013, making him the most selected player in the period.

The double grand-slam victor was omitted from last weekend's 32-20 defeat by England, although his replacement Robbie Henshaw struggled positionally at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

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

Rob Kearney has returned at full-back after the experiment of moving Henshaw to 15 to face England failed amid Ireland's heavy defeat in Dublin.

Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

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.

"Robbie is unavailable due to a dead-leg and it hasn't recovered in time, so we have to forge ahead".

Toner is the third Ireland lock lost to injury after Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne. The problem is he maybe could have played. Joe Schmidt said. "It's a pretty exciting opportunity to give Chris Farrell the chance to play against Scotland". Farrell has struggled with a string of knee injuries since his last Test appearance, a Man-of-the-Match showing in Ireland's 37-27 Six Nations victory over Wales in February 2018. "He stepped in once previous year and got man of the match and he's a guy who's getting back to form after the long lay-off he had".



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