Billy Holland has joined up with the Ireland squad at Carton House this week ahead of Saturday’s Murrayfield clash with Scotland.
Devin Toner is a major doubt for the Round 2 match due to a rolled ankle he suffered towards the end of Ireland’s 20-32 loss to England at the Aviva Stadium.
Toner has suffered from ankle injuries in the past and a squad update issued by the IRFU yesterday confirmed that the Leinster lock “aggravated an ankle injury” and that he will be further assessed by the medical team over the next 24 hours.
According to a report in The42, Holland has been called up into the squad by head coach Joe Schmidt this week.
Holland has considerable experience and he recently made his 200th appearance for Munster in their win over Connacht in early January.
The 33-year-old Cork man has one Ireland cap to his name which came in a win over Canada in November 2016.
Previous injuries to Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson have stretched Ireland’s second-row stocks and with Toner now a doubt for the weekend, it makes sense that Holland has been drafted in.
Ireland’s remaining second-row cover in addition to James Ryan, are Connacht duo, Ultan Dillane and Quinn Roux.