Ireland team vs Scotland, Six Nations 2019: The starting XV

Ireland team vs Scotland, Six Nations 2019: The starting XV

Toner has missed only six tests since Joe Schmidt became Ireland coach in 2013, making him the most selected player in the period.

Ireland lost their opening fixture against England in Dublin, and will face a Scotland side who won last week at Murrayfield in a 33-20 bonus point win over Italy.

Injury to Devin Toner sees Quinn Roux coming into the XV while Sean O'Brien and Jack Conan make a comeback replacing Sean O'Brien and CJ Stander respectively.

The Belvedere man says he understands worldwide rugby is very different from the club game but thinks Schmidt's Ireland side need more variations in the opposing 22'.

Munster powerhouse Farrell will partner Bundee Aki in midfield, with Robbie Henshaw dropping out of Ireland's match squad due to a dead leg.

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"It's just a bit of aggravation after having a knock", Schmidt said of Henshaw. It's a knock on top of a knock.

Kearney approached the Six Nations chasing full fitness after a thigh issue and stayed with Leinster when Ireland headed off for warm-weather training in Portugal.

"It does make it hard; the problem is he maybe could have played".

Schmidt, asked if Kearney would have been included at full-back even if Henshaw had been fit, replied: "Probably once Garry Ringrose was ruled out it was going to be trying to keep a little continuity as best we can and get as cohesive as we can in a short space of time". So it's a great opportunity to get him in and give him a run.

Maitland - who has four Heineken Champions Cup tries from five appearances this season - will form a familiar back three with Glasgow Warriors wing Tommy Seymour and full-back Stuart Hogg, with the trio combining for the 18th time for Scotland.

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