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Ireland braced for Scots

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 3:00pm

Ireland go into Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations match against Scotland with their eyes on the big prize.

Joe Schmidt’s side head into this weekend’s clash with three wins from three so far in this campaign, knowing a win over the Scots would put them in pole position heading into the St Patrick’s Day’s clash with England, with the Grand Slam in their sights.

Ireland face no fresh injury concerns going into the game as they assembled at their training base in Maynooth this week. Chris Farrell is set to miss the rest of the 6 Nations campaign after suffering a knee injury in training last week, with centre Robbie Henshaw also out through injury, Garry Ringrose could be set to slot into Schmidt’s lineup.

A statement from the IRFU issued an update on Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson, who both missed Ireland’s win over Wales due to injury.

The British and Irish Lions duo are expected to be fit for Saturday’s match, the statement saying: "Tadhg Furlong and Iain Henderson continued their rehab last week and are expected to train fully this week.”

In other injury news for Ireland, Andrew Conway is not expected to be available for selection until next week as he recovers from a knee injury, while Leinster's Barry Daly has joined the squad.

Hooker Rob Herring rejoins the squad having resolved an elbow issue sustained playing for Ulster against Edinburgh.

Niall Scannell suffered a recurrence of a rib injury playing for Munster against Glasgow, but is expected to be fit next week.

Ireland’s 100 per cent record so far puts them five points ahead at the top of the 6 Nations table as they continue on their quest for a third title in five years.


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