Maitland replaces hat-trick hero Kinghorn in Scotland side

Ruben Hill
February 9, 2019

Rob Kearney comes in at fullback for Robbie Henshaw, who was a surprise inclusion at full-back for Ireland's opening defeat against England.

"We're just going to have to forge ahead, but it's an exciting opportunity to give Chris Farrell a run against Scotland. Together with his experience of playing at global level he was always going to come back into the team if he was fit".

"We were always hoping Sean would get back for this game", said head coach Gregor Townsend.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend admitted it was a hard decision to drop hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn but argued the experience of the returning Sean Maitland was impossible to ignore as he named his team for tomorrow's Guinness Six Nations tie against champions Ireland at BT Murrayfield.

Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. The trio have a combined 150 caps and 49 tries for Scotland, and February 9. marks their 18th Scotland test start as a back-three.

Townsend said: "We picked up two injuries from last week with WP [Nel] and Sam [Skinner] missing out, which is disappointing for us and them, but have had a boost with a number of proven test players returning from injury and available to us this week". Sean would have been starting against Italy with Tommy Seymour if he'd been fit.

Sean Maitland (centre), pictured catching a high ball against Argentina in November, will start for Saturday's Six Nations worldwide against Ireland at Murrayfield. Finn Russell, 9. Greig Laidlaw (c); 1.

The reselection of Allan Dell and Stuart McInally alongside Berghan means an all-Edinburgh front-row will take to the field once more, in spite of Nel's absence. Simon Berghan, 4. Grant Gilchrist, 5. This game is set for a Jonny Gray performance of huge effort in defence and ball carrying.

Replacements: 16. Fraser Brown, 17.Jamie Bhati, 18. Replacements: F Brown, J Bhatti, D Rae, B Toolis, R Harley, A Price, P Horne, B Kinghorn. Ben Toolis, 20. Rob Harley, 21.

Pete Horne takes over from Adam Hastings as cover at fly-half and centre with Chris Harris, a try-scorer after coming on against Italy, dropping out of the match-day 23.

Quinn Roux will partner James Ryan at lock, with Devin Toner having joined Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne on the injury list.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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