Saturday 16 December 2017

Eoin Reddan set to miss Scotland showdown as Isaac Boss gets call up

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

EOIN REDDAN is almost certain to miss Sunday’s Six Nations opening game against Scotland after injuring his calf.

His Leinster rival Isaac Boss has been called up to the Ireland squad and is likely to be named as back-up to Conor Murray in the opening game.

Reddan was set to play some role at Lansdowne Road having been named as one of just two scrum-halves in the squad, but after missing out on the last November Test against New Zealand the in-form Limerick born No 9 looks like he’ll have to bide his time before getting another opportunity.

Mike McCarthy is another who could miss out on Sunday after the Ireland management revealed that he has had to get 23 stitches in the facial wound he suffered in the stamping incident that saw Ian Evans sent off for the Ospreys against Leinster.

The second row was in contention for the bench, but Dan Tuohy and Iain Henderson are now vying for a position backing up Paul O’Connell and Devin Toner.

Richardt Strauss attended training at the team’s base outside Maynooth yesterday but is not believed to be in contention, while Marty Moore is in line to make his debut off the bench on Sunday.

The Scots, meanwhile, have kept plenty of strength in reserve for the match with Scott Johnson naming Richie Gray, Max Evan, Chris Cusiter and Johnnie Beattie on the bench as Duncan Weir starts at out-half and Stuart Hogg starts at full-back.

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