Jackson and Marshall to earn Ireland caps; Earls in for Zebo

Declan Kidney

There are two new caps in the Ireland team to play Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in Murrayfield on Sunday, February 24th (kick off 2pm).

Paddy Jackson, who captained the Ireland U-20s in last season’s championship and Luke Marshall, who starred for the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds against Fiji in November, will make their full international debuts at out-half and centre.

The side, which contains a strong mix of youth and experience, shows several changes to the team which started against England.

Keith Earls comes in to the team on the left wing in place of Simon Zebo.

In the pack Tom Court returns to the front row alongside Rory Best, who wins his 65thcap, and Mike Ross.

Donncha O’Callaghan will line out for his 93rdcap Ireland cap alongside Donnacha Ryan in the second row.

In the replacements Luke Fitzgerald makes a return to the international squad while Iain Henderson and Devin Toner have also been included.


15 - Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster/43)

14 - Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster/3)

13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster/122)

12 – Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)*

11 - Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster/36)

10 – Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)*

9 - Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster/16)

1 – Tom Court (Ulster/29)

2 - Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster/64)

3 - Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster/26)

4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster/92)

5 - Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster/25)

6 - Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster/11)

7 - Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster/24)

8 - Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster/54) Captain


16 - Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster/24)

17 - David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster/4)

18 - Declan Fitzpatrick (Dungannon/Ulster/4)

19 – Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster/3)

20 – Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster/2)

21 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster/48)

22 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster/127)

23 – Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College /Leinster/23)

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