Marshall and Trimble given 6 Nations starting roles against Scotland

first_imgIreland (v Scotland): R Kearney, D Kearney, B O’Driscoll, L Marshall, A Trimble; J Sexton, C Murray:  C Healy, R Best, M Ross; D Toner, P O’Connell (Capt.), P O’Mahony, C Henry, J Heaslip.Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, M Moore, D Tuohy, T O’Donnell, I Boss, P Jackson, F McFadden. IRELAND COACH JOE Schmidt has handed an international recall to Ulster wing Andrew Trimble for Sunday’s Six Nations opener at home to Scotland.A groin injury to Luke Fitzgerald has paved the way for Trimble’s return to the starting line-up for just the second time since facing South Africa in November 2012.In three changes from the side who faced New Zealand in November Schmidt’s other big selection call is to pick Luke Marshall over Gordon D’Arcy in the centre.As expected, Paul O’Connell captains the side and Chris Henry comes in for the injured Sean O’Brien with Tommy O’Donnell providing back row cover from the bench.Fergus McFadden’s return to fitness allows him take up a place among the replacements with brothers Rob and Dave Kearney completing the back three behind Brian O’Driscoll.As Jonathan Sexton came through last week’s outing for Racing Metro unscathed, he will take the reins at number 10 with Paddy Jackson on the bench alongside Isaac Boss. Schmidt determined to see Ireland meet expectations11 rules for watching the 6 Nations in a crowded publast_img

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