Ireland's Kearney set for 6 Nations return

Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg testing the winds at Murrayfield yesterday

SNS Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg testing the winds at Murrayfield yesterday

Former Scotland captain Budge Pountney says Ireland will be "a different animal" in Saturday's Six Nations game against the Scots at Murrayfield.

A host of pundits accused Ireland of lacking a Plan B in the wake of last weekend's 32-20 physical battering at the hands of England.

Rob Kearney comes in at full-back in place of Robbie Henshaw, who picked up a knock in training, while Chris Farrell will make his first Championship start as he replaces injured centre Garry Ringrose.

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Replacements: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.

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Meanwhile Chris Farrell partners Bundee Aki in midfield following a Dublin defeat that ended their hopes of back-to-back Grand Slams.

That injured trio have now been joined by Robbie Henshaw, who according to Schmidt has failed to shake off a dead leg. It's a knock on top of a knock.

"He just got a dead leg and it hasn't recovered sufficiently so we're just gonna have to forge ahead".

Maitland - who has four Heineken Champions Cup tries from five appearances this season - will form a familiar back three with Glasgow Warriors wing Tommy Seymour and full-back Stuart Hogg, with the trio combining for the 18th time for Scotland.

Toner's absence has exacerbated the prior lock losses of Iain Henderson to a finger problem and Tadhg Beirne to a knee complaint.

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