Joe Schmidt Explains Changes To Ireland Team To Play Scotland

Quinn Roux arrives for Ireland Rugby squad training at Carton House in Maynooth Co. Kildare

Quinn Roux arrives for Ireland Rugby squad training at Carton House in Maynooth Co. Kildare

Henshaw did not convince at full back against England and Rob Kearney had already been slated in for an immediate return at 15.

Schmidt handed Henshaw a chance to impress against England at fullback, the position where he made his name at Connacht and his Test debut in 2013.

"Robbie's got a dead leg and it hasn't recovered sufficiently", explained Schmidt.

Sean O'Brien taking Josh van der Flier's place at openside is the only switch not forced by injury. "I do think we had a few exhausted bodies coming in (to the Championship), a few guys who hadn't played a lot and it is hard to hit the ground running". It's a pretty exciting opportunity to give Chris Farrell to play against Scotland.

"The problem is that maybe he could have played but another bump would debilitate you and force an early change".

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Along exposed Atlantic coasts these speeds may be exceeded for a while and there is a risk of coastal flooding due to high seas. Named Storm Erik by Met Éireann, the strongest and most damaging winds are expected in the Republic of Ireland.

When asked if Kearney would have returned at full-back even had Henshaw been fit, Schmidt added: 'Probably once Garry Ringrose was ruled out it was going to be trying to keep a little continuity as best we can and get as cohesive as we can in a short space of time'. He only got one Championship match previous year and he's coming back into form.

The second row is the area where Ireland are perhaps most injury-hit with Iain Henderson, Tadhg Beirne and now Toner all unavailable.

Roux had not been named initially in Ireland's Six Nations squad, but seems to have edged ahead of provincial teammate Ultan Dillane, who should be named among the replacements.

Regarding lineout calls, Schmidt said that Quinn Roux will share the responsibility for them with Peter O'Mahony.

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