Six Nations 2019: Centre Chris Farrell one of five Ireland changes for Scotland match
|Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland|
|Venue: Murrayfield Date: Saturday, 9 February Kick-off: 14:15 GMT|
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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made five changes for Saturday's Six Nations trip to Scotland.
Chris Farrell replaces injured centre Garry Ringrose, with Rob Kearney in at full-back in place of Robbie Henshaw, who picked up a knock in training.
Quinn Roux comes in for the injured Devin Toner in the second row, with Jack Conan replacing CJ Stander at number eight.
Sean O'Brien is selected ahead of Josh van der Flier in the back row.
Holders Ireland travel to Murrayfield having lost 32-20 in a bruising Six Nations opener against England in Dublin last Saturday.
Scotland opened their Six Nations campaign with a bonus-point 33-20 victory over Italy.
Schmidt had been expected to move Henshaw into the centre after he wore the number 15 jersey in the Aviva defeat by England.
"Robbie has a dead leg and just hasn't recovered in time," explained Schmidt.
"We're just going to have to forge ahead, but it's an exciting opportunity to give Chris Farrell a run against Scotland.
"He's coming back to form after a long lay-off."
When asked if Kearney would have returned at full-back even had Henshaw been fit, Schmidt added: "Probably once Garry Ringrose was ruled out it was going to be [a case of] trying to keep a little continuity as best we can and get as cohesive as we can in a short space of time."
Schmidt's faith in Roux's line-out prowess
Munster centre Farrell will be making his fourth start for Ireland and will be accompanied at centre by Bundee Aki.
Both Toner and Ringrose were taken off with injuries during the second half of the defeat by England, while Stander suffered a facial injury which will also rule him out of the match away to Italy on 24 February.
The absence of 6ft 10in Toner looks a blow for Ireland's line-out capability but Schmidt insists he has full faith in Connacht's South African-born lock Roux, who will share the line-out calls with Peter O'Mahony.
"I've no qualms about Quinn being able to call the line-out for us. He has done it a lot for us in training and he has done it a lot in Connacht."
While Schmidt wasn't banking on such a heavy rate of attrition after the England contest, he suggested changes would have been likely in any case for this weekend's game.
"We need to be able to be flexible. We need to have guys transition in and out as seamlessly as possible.
"That's an opportunity that has presented itself. Maybe there would have been a bit of that anyway."
Scottish back three 'present real threats'
The Ireland coach added that he is expecting another "very tough" contest in Murrayfield after his side were beaten by the Scots two years ago.
"They play at a very high tempo with very fast rucks and the counter-attack threat that they have.
"I see Sean Maitland has been brought back and he is a super athlete and a really good player.
"Their back three present real threats across the board."
Ireland: Kearney; Earls, Farrell, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best (capt), Furlong, Ryan, Roux, O'Mahony, O'Brien, Conan.
Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Porter, Dillane, van der Flier, Cooney, Carbery, Larmour.