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Irish Coach Joe Schmidt speaks to Independent.ie

Joe Schmidt has named his starting team for this Sunday, he speaks with Independent.ie about his selection.

Joe Schmidt has said he is confident that his Ireland team can get off to a winning start in the Six Nations against Scotland this Sunday.

The former Leinster coach today named his side for his first Six Nations game in charge, with Luke Marshall getting the nod at inside centre and Andrew Trimble coming back into the team on the wing.

“Gordon's stomach bug was the sole selection criteria, really," Schmidt said. "Luke Marshall has played really well in the Heineken Cup in big games.”

Schmidt also added that Trimble’s physicality was a big factor in his selection.

“Andrew brings a bit of size, up against Lamont and Maitland.

"We just don't have that many sizeable men, barring dragging Shaggy [Shane Horgan] down from the commentary box!

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