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Ireland v Scotland: Teams
At Aviva Stadium, Saturday March 10, kick-off 5pm
Hooker Rory Best takes over as captain as Ireland make three changes for the RBS Six Nations clash with Scotland in Dublin.
With skipper Paul O'Connell one of three injury victims following the draw in Paris last weekend, Best is handed the armband for a third time.
Donncha Ryan replaces O'Connell at lock while Eoin Reddan starts at scrum-half after Conor Murray was also ruled out for the last two matches because of a knee injury.
Flanker Sean O'Brien is also sidelined with a foot infection so Munster's Peter O'Mahony starts at openside for the first time with Shane Jennings named amongst the replacements.
Mike McCarthy and Tomas O'Leary have also been drafted on to the bench to plug the gaps left by Ryan and Reddan.
Scotland have made just one enforced change to the side that lost to the French a fortnight ago, with Nick De Luca starting at centre in place of broken leg victim Rory Lamont.
There are, however, three more changes on the bench where prop Euan Murray, fly-half Ruaridh Jackson and utility back Max Evans replace Ed Kalman, Duncan Weir and De Luca respectively.
"We did many good things in the game against France but we need to be better, especially in our accuracy and execution at breakdown, in order to beat Ireland," said Scotland head coach Andy Robinson.
"If we do the basic things well and are ruthless in contact then we can put ourselves in a position to defeat a very good Ireland team."
Ireland: 15 R Kearney (Leinster); 14 T Bowe (Ospreys), 13 K Earls (Munster), 12 G D'Arcy (Leinster), 11 A Trimble (Ulster); 10 J Sexton (Leinster, 9 E Reddan (Leinster); 1 C Healy (Leinster), 2 R Best (Ulster, capt), 3 M Ross (Leinster), 4 D O'Callaghan (Munster), 5 D Ryan (Munster), 6 S Ferris (Ulster), 7 P O'Mahony (Munster), 8 J Heaslip (Leinster).
Replacements: 16 S Cronin (Leinster), 17 T Court (Ulster), 18 M McCarthy (Connacht), 19 S Jennings (Leinster), 20 T O'Leary (Munster), 21 R O'Gara (Munster), 22 F McFadden (Leinster).
Scotland: 15 S Hogg (Glasgow); 14 L Jones (Edinburgh), 13 N De Luca (Edinburgh), 12 G Morrison (Glasgow), 11 S Lamont (Scarlets); 10 G Laidlaw (Edinburgh), 9 M Blair (Edinburgh); 1 A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), 2 R Ford (Edinburgh, capt), 3 G Cross (Edinburgh), 4 R Gray (Glasgow), 5 J Hamilton (Gloucester), 6 J Barclay (Glasgow), 7 R Rennie (Edinburgh), 8 D Denton (Edinburgh).
Replacements: 16 S Lawson (Gloucester), 17 E Murray (Newcastle), 18 A Kellock (Glasgow), 19 R Vernon (Sale Sharks), 20 C Cusiter (Glasgow), 21 R Jackson (Glasgow), 22 M Evans (Castres).
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