Six Nations 2019: Ireland will be a 'different animal' against Scotland - Pountney


Joe Schmidt has hit back at critics of his tactics by insisting Ireland boast a "very varied game" despite their comprehensive Guinness Six Nations loss to England.

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Quinn Roux, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Jack Conan.

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Lock Quinn Roux is promoted from the bench with Devin Toner (ankle) also ruled out and flanker Sean O'Brien is preferred to Josh van der Flier.

That injured trio have now been joined by Robbie Henshaw, who according to Schmidt has failed to shake off a dead leg.

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

Stalwart full-back Kearney has been restored to the No 15 shirt for Saturday's Murrayfield encounter, with the 32-year-old still easing back to full sharpness after a thigh injury. It's a knock on top of a knock.

"That hurt for sure and there weren't too many guys who slept well on Saturday night".

Scotland are unbeaten in seven home Six Nations matches since losing to England in February 2016 and the progression of Edinburgh and Glasgow to this season's European Champions Cup quarter-finals has given them an extra boost. This was, after all, Cooney's first taste of Six Nations rugby, and he was only on the...