Joe Schmidt expected to make three changes for Scotland clash

Explaining his second-row selection, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said that his desire for "continuity" from the Wales game convinced him to retain Toner and Ryan despite Henderson's return to fitness.

"Garry's been extraordinary when he has played for us, he's done great". Replacements S Cronin, J McGrath, A Porter (all Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), J Murphy (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), J Carbery, J Larmour (both Leinster).

Fullback Rob Kearney and wing Keith Earls add experience in the remainder of the backs whilst Jacob Stockdale will be seeking to add to his phenomenal try tally of eight in seven Tests including two against Wales.

Looking ahead to the prospect of facing unbeaten Ireland in Dublin, he added: "We need to put them under pressure, something we were able to do against England in different ways but it is a lot more hard to win away from home".

Former and Leinster Ireland out-half Mick Quinn says it's going to be a serious test of Ireland's ability to perform at a high level this weekend.

"He's a smart guy, he's trained really well this week". We are hugely excited.

It was no surprise that Townsend stuck with a winning combination after Scotland scored a second successive win in this year's competition and are now looking to derail Ireland's hopes of a Grand Slam when they play in Dublin. "There's nerves and a little worry about the threat Scotland bring".

"We're very excited but we're very focused on the first 20 minutes of the game and making sure we put our stamp on the game as opposed to having to chase it". The 23-year-old has shaken off ankle trouble suffered in January, and his return helps ease the losses of Robbie Henshaw, Chris Farrell and Jared Payne.

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