All roads lead to Dublin this weekend for the eagerly anticipated clash between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.
Depending on how things go in Paris, an Irish victory could well seal the championship for Ireland with a game to spare. However, Scotland showed just how dangerous they can be as a John Barclay, Huw Jones and Finn Russell led effort knocked England’s chariot of its tracks in Murrayfield last weekend.
Ireland go into the game with another significant injury to their name with the withdrawal of Chris Farrell due to a knee injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season. Garry Ringrose is likely to come into the side after completing 54 minutes for Leinster against the Southern Kings last weekend.
Scotland, meanwhile, have been dogged by injuries since the beginning of the tournament but Gregor Townsend has added 10 players to his squad, with five of those players making their return from injury – Richie Gray, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Alex Dunbar and Darryl Marfo while George Horne earns his first senior call-up.
BREAKING | Gregor Townsend adds 10 players to a revised Scotland squad, with five of the new faces fit-to-play for the first time in the current campaign: Richie Gray, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Alex Dunbar, Darryl Marfo. George Horne earns first senior call-up. pic.twitter.com/1tjA4TIFtB
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 5, 2018
It should be a cracking occasion in Dublin and let’s hope the weather is dry so we can see these two sides produce some scintillating, running rugby.