Six Nations: Ireland call up Isaac Boss for Scotland clash after Eoin Reddan blow
Ireland have called Isaac Boss into their squad with Eoin Reddan almost certainly ruled out of their opening game.
Last Updated: 29/01/14 4:12pm
Reddan suffered a calf injury in training on Tuesday and the Irish camp believes the Leinster man will not be able to recover in time to feature in the Aviva Stadium match, though the problem will only keep him out for a week.
Ulster star Boss was man-of-the-match in Ireland Wolfhounds' victory over England Saxons at Kingsholm last weekend.
Assistant coach Isaac Boss: "We've called Isaac in for the session this morning because Eoin has a slight problem with his calf.
"We'll give him until the end of the week and see what happens. It's very unlikely that he's going to be there.
"Bossy had a sensational game against the Saxons. So he is ready to step up if required."
Conor Murray now appears to be in pole position to start against the Scots, though the Munster star is not taking his place for granted.
"Definitely not," he said. "It's exactly the same pressure as before. Bossy's there and Kieran Marmion is knocking around as well, so to be honest
I'm just trying to focus on my own game and making sure I'm as sharp as I can be so I'm ready to go if I get the nod.
"There are three or four players vying for each position, so I'm just trying
to look after my own corner and make sure I can give everything I can."
Whoever plays will be up against Greig Laidlaw, and Murray expects a battle.
"I rate him highly as a player, he's the focal point of their team, he drives a lot of their plays," he said.
"I've played against him quite a bit against Edinburgh and a couple of times
"We'd like to think we know a bit about him but that doesn't make it any
easier to stop him so we've got to be focused."
Leinster lock Mike McCarthy will be fit and available despite the gash he suffered against the Ospreys which needed 23 stitches.
Wales lock Ian Evans was banned for 12 weeks for inflicting the injury on McCarthy who nevertheless has made a quick recovery.
Kiss said: "When you saw him the first week it didn't look nice. His face had swelled up. But it's come down a lot. He has to wear gear to protect it so there are some issues around it although it wouldn't stop him from playing."
Ireland will name their team on Friday.