Ireland will be without Garry Ringrose, Devin Toner and CJ Stander for their Six Nations game with Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon. However, Toner and Ringrose may be back for Italy game, however Stander is set to be out for 4 weeks following fractures to his cheek and eye socket.
Ireland travel to Edinburgh looking to make amends for the 12 point against England last weekend but they will now have to make 3 changes to that team at the very least. Garry Ringrose who plays at centre for Ireland is out due to a hamstring injury, an ankle injury to Devin Toner will likely mean that James Ryan will partner Quinn Roux in the second row. The absence of Ringrose will probably even make the decision to bring Rob Kearney back in more easier now for Joe Schmidt.
Robbie Henshaw played at full back against England and looked uncomfortable at times for me. He will likely make the switch back in to the centre to partner Bundee Aki here. Keith Earls who was replaced after some heavy tackles in that English is also said to be “pretty good” according to Irish scrum coach Greg Feek who spoke to RTE Sport. He said “It’s a good sign, he is a tough character”.
Billy Holland has been called into the squad due to the latest set back and injury to Toner. Feel gave an update regarding the fitness of Ian Henderson and Tadgh Beirne. Henderson is currently suffering with a thumb injury, he could make a return at the latter stages of the tournament, Beirne will probably feature in the Italian game. Speaking to RTE Sport “Henry is still a wee bit away, he has a reputation of healing quite quickly”.
It remains to be seen what the starting line up will actually be but I expect to see Roux, Kearney and O’Brien come in to the starting team.