Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh Date: Saturday, 9 February Kick-off: 14:15 GMT

Scotland have dropped last weekend’s hat trick hero Blair Kinghorn in just one of four changes with their starting XV to get Saturday’s match at Murrayfield.

Sean Maitland simplifies wing Kinghorn, while prop Simon Berghan, lock Jonny grey and back-row Josh Strauss enter into the package.

’s return at full-back is one of five Ireland changes from last weekend’s defeat by England.

While Garry Ringrose is replaced by Chris Farrell kearney is Set for Robbie Henshaw.

One few changes come in the package. 2 are accident imposed – Quinn Roux replacement CJ Stander along with Devin Toner making means for Jack Conan – whereas Sean O’Brien comes in for Josh van der Flier from the back row.

Scotland: 15-Hogg, 14-Seymour, 13-Huw Jones, 12-Johnson, 11-Maitland, 10-Russell, 9-Laidlaw (capt); 1-Dell, 2-McInally, 3- Berghan, 4-Gilchrist, 5-J Gray, 6-Wilson, 7-Ritchie, 8-Strauss

Replacements: 16-Brown, 17-Bhati, 18-Rae, 19-Toolis, 20-Harley, 21-Price, 22-Horne, 23-Kinghorn

Commentator’s notes

Eddie Butler: “This match always includes its distinctive flavour – this specific game promises something extra: Scotland longing for the consistency which could support their credentials as serious challengers, Ireland conscious two defeats could be no way to initiate a title defence.

“Scotland usually do not espouse warning, and Ireland will really rediscover the restricted fury that took an odd day away against England. It will likely be one of the matches of a year, although its potential might crush.

“And who could acquire? If merely the answer to which may be written down. S O … but… any-way … Scotland to win by the odd point within an entire tally of 60 and”

View from the camps

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend: “They (Ireland) have become well trained, have some players that are outstanding and certainly will test us in a number of areas – defensively, set piece, attack and tting game. It’s a battle which brings attention and an excess edge to some thing and training our players relish taking on.

“Our players have grown to the challenge of playing New Zealand, England and also other world-class teams and so they are aware that people need to grow yet again to produce one of their finest performances for 80 minutes”

Ireland head coach : “We’re expecting them to be rather difficult to overcome. They play at a pace with quick rucks. I visit Sean Maitland was known back in. It provides them advantage comprehensive, he’s a brilliant athlete. The rear three pose real dangers across the board”

Match details

Head to Head

  • Scotland have won three of the past four meetings at Murrayfield, including 27-22 from the most recent encounter in Edinburgh.


  • Scotland can acquire eight successive championship home games for the first time since 1975.
  • They are aiming for three consecutive victories in the championship, a feat they continue achieved in 1996.
  • They’ve won four of the past five Six Nations games, scoring 15 tries in the process.


  • Ireland’s defeat against England has been their first in the home in the Six Nations under , also also only a moment at their last 20 games in all contests.
  • Jacob Stockdale’s six-nations record of seven tries in the 2018 tournament comprised two contrary to Scotland.
  • Jack Conan has scored five tries in eight starts for Ireland at number eight.

Standings following week one


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