Ireland hand Caelan Doris debut in Six Nations opener against Scotland

CJ Stander shifts to blindside flanker and 2017 Lions captain Peter O'Mahony drops to the bench, while Bundee Aki returns in the centre

Leinster No 8 Caelan Doris, seen in action here against Glasgow Warriors earlier this season, has been handed his Ireland debut. Image: ©Craig Watson
Leinster No 8 Caelan Doris, seen in action here against Glasgow Warriors earlier this season, has been handed his Ireland debut. Image: ©Craig Watson

ANDY FARRELL has handed Leinster’s in-form No 8 Caelan Doris his Ireland debut in Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, with CJ Stander moving to blindside flanker to accommodate the 21-year-old’s call-up, and Josh van der Flier completing a powerful looking back-row triumvirate. Peter O’Mahony is on the bench.

Elsewhere, the new head coach has gone for the experience of Conor Murray ahead of in-form John Cooney of Ulster at scrum-half, while Rob Herring starts at hooker with Ronan Kelleher the second Leinster player in line to make his debut off the bench.

Lions centre Robbie Henshaw is also a replacement, with Bundee Aki coming back in at centre following his absence from the team’s All Blacks World Cup quarter-final defeat, and he will line up alongside Garry Ringrose in midfield.

Scotland will name their team on Thursday.

Ireland: J Larmour; A Conway, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Herring, T Furlong; I Henderson, J Ryan; CJ Stander, J van der Flier, C Doris. Subs: R Kelleher, D Kilcoyne, A Porter, D Toner, P O’Mahony, J Cooney, R Byrne, R Henshaw.


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