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    The Fudge has it.
    RK to full back, Henshaw to centre.
    Roux to start.
    back row of POM, Conan, SOB,

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      Eeeeek

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        Originally posted by DABOSS View Post
        The Fudge has it.
        RK to full back, Henshaw to centre.
        Roux to start.
        back row of POM, Conan, SOB,
        None of that surprising. If Ringrose is out, the Scottish midfield could test Ireland. Jones is fast and a try grabber (though not a great distributor), Aki and Henshaw quite slow. New Scottish centre Sam Johnson had an impressive first cap last week. Throw in the running of Hogg and Kinghorn and the adventurous play of Russell and Ireland could have a tough game on their hands - provided Scotland gets some possession up front. I think we will see Ireland playing it even tighter than usual and trying to throttle out the win with safety first stuff.

        Erse end of nowhere

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          So we try something at fullback because it’s a problem position but it isn’t an immediate success so we give up and go back to our safe place, which isn’t that safe at all. I think this is a bit of a cop out.

          Simple option here was to put T Farrell or C Farrell into the centre with Aki. Tom and Bundee are playing together every week and in great form. They face these Scottish players regularly and know them. Chris has shown he can also be hugely effective alongside Bundee, although I’d be a little concerned about his rustiness, especially in defence where he is occasionally caught out.

          Aki and Henshaw are a good centre pairing, and Rob will do what Rob does. I’m not saying it’s a weak selection. But we’re back to the drawing board with regard to depth at 15, and our centre options beyond Aki, Henshaw and Ringrose are also quite limited in experience.

          Time is rapidly running out.

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            Seán O’Brien and Rob Kearney set to start against Scotland
            Kearney in line to be reinstated at fullback while O’Brien to bring experience to open side

            about 3 hours ago Updated: about 2 hours ago

            Gerry Thornley

            In their time of need, and facing into what is a must-win game against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, Ireland are set to restore the experience and leadership of Seán O’Brien and Rob Kearney when the team and replacements are named at lunchtime today.

            Kearney is in line to be re-instated at fullback, with Robbie Henshaw reverting to outside centre to renew his old Connacht midfield partnership with Bundee Aki in the absence of the hamstrung Garry Ringrose.

            If so, this would only be the sixth time Aki and Henshaw will partner each other in the Irish midfield and the first since the third Test in Australia which completed a come-from-behind series win, and the first down under since 1979.

            Having been of a mind to do so in both of the last two November windows but unable to do so because of injuries, Joe Schmidt had finally been in a position to experiment with Henshaw at fullback for the first time under his watch, and only the second time in the player’s Test career, in last Saturday’s 32-20 defeat by England. But with Ringrose now sidelined, it seems Henshaw will revert to midfield.

            England’s clever and varied kicking game found plenty of grass in the Irish backfield last Saturday, and recalling Kearney’s renowned positional sense, anticipation and communication to the back three could prove particularly important at Murrayfield.

            Creative
            Two of England’s four tries came from kicks in behind the Irish defence, and two of Scotland’s five tries emanated from Finn Russell’s creative kicking game – the cross kick for the first of Blair Kinghorn’s hat-trick, and the grubber for Stuart Hogg’s try. The huge in-goal area at Murrayfield is also tailor made for Russell’s rich array of attacking grubbers, chips and kick passes.


            Two more changes have been enforced up front due to the ankle and facial injuries sustained last Saturday by Devin Toner and CJ Stander, with Quinn Roux expected to make his full Six Nations debut in a new secondrow partnership with James Ryan.

            The Irish management admire Roux’s set-piece game, and his ability to call the line-outs, as he does with Connacht, is expected to see him preferred to his provincial secondrow partner Ultan Dillane.

            Jack Conan is in line to be named at number eight for what would be his second start in the Championship, with O’Brien to add further ball-carrying ballast as well as experience, at open side.

            This would be a little tough on Josh van der Flier, who put in a typically big shift last Saturday when leading Ireland’s tackle count with 19, but O’Brien would also add leadership and a vocal presence in light of the quietness Schmidt detected before the England game and, it seemed from the stands, on the pitch as well. O’Brien’s presence would lift all boats, which the squad could do with following an anti-climactic and slightly deflating start to their Championship defence against England.

            Replacements
            Van der Flier is likely to retain his place in the match-day squad ahead of Jordi Murphy and Rhys Ruddock on the bench. There he will probably be joined by Dillane, who won the last of his 11 caps against Fiji in November 2017.

            Otherwise, it seems as if the replacements may remain unchanged, with David Kilcoyne, Sean Cronin, Andrew Porter, John Cooney, Joey Carbery and Jordan Larmour retained, all the more so as Andrew Conway has been ruled out with a calf strain.

            Simon Berghan is expected to be named at tight-head prop in place of the injured WP Nel when Gregor Townsend unveils his team today. Flanker Sam Skinner has also been ruled out while lock Jonny Gray may be recalled.

            Ireland (possible v Scotland): Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (capt), Tadhg Furlong, Quinn Roux, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Seán O’Brien, Jack Conan.

            Replacements: David Kilcoyne, Sean Cronin, Andrew Porter, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.
            I am the million man.

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              Scotland by 5

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                Great to see Joe recognizing a mistake and acting swiftly to fix it. No the fullback poisition did not cost us the game by itself but it didnt help. We now have a fullback playing fullback who’s won nearly every game he played last year ..... some might say coincidentaly but not me. And not only has Joe corrected the mistake but used that experience to not make another mistake and is playing a specialist 8 to cover CJ, trusting the dept he built. SOB is a great man to have back in the team too. I’m predicting we will beat the scots and Rob will prove a lot of people wrong and reclaim his bird from the scrulerous pitate long John Kilcoyne. Hopefully Jordan gets some time at fullback too off the bench to add to his significant gametime in the poisition this year.
                I still would prefer Farrell at 13 but Joe knows what he’s doing. I’ll be eating chip Sambos and dreaming of the World Cup tonight.

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                  Ireland haven't become a bad team overnight and I would be hopeful that if they are set mentally they'll give Scotland a fair rattle.

                  It's a big occasion for Quinn Roux and Conan, I like Roux as a second row he has a big engine and workrate.
                  Conan has never really had a game at this level before so its going to be interesting to see if he is not the hyped up flat track bully I believe him to be for running over the top of minnows. He has a lineout man on one side of him and a human bulldozer on the other, he should have plenty opportunity to show his wares and change my mind.

                  No matter what selections were made there would be some people saying A) it was the right calls or B) a panicked selection #doomed

                  All Ireland need to do is get back their heads, play their game and reset. They have the artillery if they use their noggins this time, they froze last weekend and before they knew they were in a test match it was too far to repair.
                  I am the million man.

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                    Originally posted by kahalui View Post
                    Scotland by 5
                    Éire by 7.
                    Gwan Joe!!

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                      Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
                      Ireland haven't become a bad team overnight and I would be hopeful that if they are set mentally they'll give Scotland a fair rattle.

                      It's a big occasion for Quinn Roux and Conan, I like Roux as a second row he has a big engine and workrate.
                      Conan has never really had a game at this level before so its going to be interesting to see if he is not the hyped up flat track bully I believe him to be for running over the top of minnows. He has a lineout man on one side of him and a human bulldozer on the other, he should have plenty opportunity to show his wares and change my mind.

                      No matter what selections were made there would be some people saying A) it was the right calls or B) a panicked selection #doomed

                      All Ireland need to do is get back their heads, play their game and reset. They have the artillery if they use their noggins this time, they froze last weekend and before they knew they were in a test match it was too far to repair.
                      I have been trying to find the wording for it all week and you have done it cowboy, Ireland froze last week. Hopefully they have got that out of their system now.

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                        Nel could be a very big loss for the Scots given the pitch could be wet, it is forecast to be blowing a hooley and Poite is on the whistle.

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                          Scotland are a very good team, I was more concerned about this game than the English one before the 6 Nations started, but I can’t see us being dominated up front like we were last week and the team will come out with a point to prove, expect big games from Furlong, Ryan, POM and SOB, which I can’t see the Scots coping with. Ireland by 4

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                            I'd imagine Seanie has awful plans for young Russell on Saturday.
                            Gwan Joe!!

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                              Originally posted by kahalui View Post
                              Scotland by 5
                              You're some class of a Kahalui making predictions like that
                              Gwan Joe!!

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                                Robbie Henshaw ruled out for Ireland. Joins CJ Stander, Iain Henderson, Devin Toner, Tadhg Beirne on the injured list
                                Last edited by neill_m; 7th-February-2019, 12:56.

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