Ireland number seven Sean O’Brien has become the latest player to be ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations game with Scotland at the Aviva this Saturday.
The ‘Tullow Tank’ joins captain Paul O’Connell and first choice scrumhalf Conor Murray on the injured list. O’Brien has infection in his foot which hasn’t cleared up in time. Peter O’Mahony has been drafted into the starting 15 with O’Brien’s Leinster team mate Shane Jennings brought into the match day 22.
“We knew Sean was carrying this infection in his foot, but unfortunately it has not cleared as quickly as we expected. While it has not healed enough for him to play this Saturday, we expect him to be fine for next weekend. With Sean out, we have decided to bring Peter onto the starting side and Shane Jennings into the squad,” said Ireland team manger Mick Kearney.
Ireland: R Kearney (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), K Earls (Munster), G D’Arcy (Leinster), A Trimble (Ulster); J Sexton (Leinster), E Reddan (Leinster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster, capt), M Ross (Leinster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), D Ryan (Munster), S Ferris (Ulster), P O’Mahony (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster).
Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), T Court (Ulster), M McCarthy (Connacht), S Jennings (Leinster), T O’Leary (Munster), R O’Gara (Munster), F McFadden (Leinster).