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.