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Last Updated: 10/03/23 1:14pm

Johnny Sexton returns to lead Ireland as captain at Murrayfield

Johnny Sexton returns to lead Ireland as captain at Murrayfield

Johnny Sexton, Garry Ringrose and Tadhg Furlong have each proved their fitness to start in Ireland’s Six Nations clash away to Scotland on Sunday. 

Andy Farrell’s charges, unbeaten and chasing a Grand Slam, are able to call on skipper Sexton (groin) and key centre Ringrose (calf) again after knocks kept out of the trip to Italy, while Furlong (calf) returns for his first start of the championship at tighthead.

Elsewhere in the side, Bundee Aki is preferred to Stuart McCloskey at inside centre – the latter missing out on the squad altogether due to Robbie Henshaw’s return from a wrist injury on the bench – while Conor Murray starts at scrum-half despite Jamison Gibson-Park’s return from a hamstring injury.

Dan Sheehan starts over Ronan Kelleher at hooker, while Peter O’Mahony returns at blindside flanker, shifting Caelan Doris back to No 8, and Jack Conan to the replacements bench.

Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Conor Murray; 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Iain Henderson, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Caelan Doris.

Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Tom O’Toole, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Robbie Henshaw

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By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.