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Kidney sends for reinforcements

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has bolstered his squad ahead of Sunday's clash with Scotland by calling up eight players.

The selections join the 22 who were on duty for the defeat to France on February 13, and include backs Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe.

Trimble returned from a broken hand to represent Ulster in their victory over Scarlets on Friday, while Bowe has recovered from a knee injury and lined up for Ospreys in their win against Treviso on Saturday.

The return of Bowe, who turns 27 tomorrow, will be particularly welcomed, given he has emerged as a key player for the Irish over the last two seasons.

Kidney has also called in Denis Hurley and Gavin Duffy to bolster the backs division, and added to his forwards options by bringing in prop Tony Buckley, second rows Mick O'Driscoll and Donnacha Ryan, and back-rower Rhys Ruddock.

Eight days on from their narrow loss to France, which followed a slender win in Italy, the Ireland squad gather this evening to begin their preparation for the weekend trip to Edinburgh.

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