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Joe Schmidt Names Irish Side To Face South Africa

Ireland v Scotland - International Match

Joe Schmidt has made a number of changes to the Irish starting XV.

Despite recording a historic result against South Africa last weekend, Joe Schmidt has made five changes to his starting XV.

Although Schmidt has been forced to replace the suspended CJ Stander with Iain Henderson in the backrow, the kiwi born coach has surprised many by including Quinn Roux in the second row ahead of Ultan Dillane.

Elsewhere in the pack, Tadhg Furlong gets the nod at tighthead, and Rhys Ruddock is selected at openside, ahead of Mike Ross and Jordi Murphy respectively.

After his display at fullback last weekend, Irish fans will be glad to see Jared Payne continue in the 15 jersey, who could prove dangerous alongside Ulster team mates Craig Gilroy and Andrew Trimble in the back three.

Stuart Olding’s inclusion at inside centre will come as a bit of a shock, after Luke Marshall’s strong showing in the midfield last weekend.

However given that Ireland are coming to the end of a long season, Schmidt maybe concerned over his players suffering from fatigue, and has made changes as a result.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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