Saturday 16 December 2017

Paul O'Connell ruled out as Dan Tuohy called into Irish team

Talisman Paul O'Connell was ruled out of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations opener with a chest infection
Talisman Paul O'Connell was ruled out of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations opener with a chest infection

Ireland captain and talisman Paul O'Connell was forced to pull out of his side's RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland after suffering a chest infection on Saturday night.

Ulster lock Dan Tuohy stepped up in the second row, while Iain Henderson took a seat on the bench.

Number eight Jamie Heaslip captained Ireland in O'Connell's absence, in what was head coach Joe Schmidt's first-ever Six Nations encounter. Brian O'Driscoll also surpassed Ronan O'Gara as Ireland's most-capped player with 129 appearances.

Full-back Rob Kearney notched 50 caps with Leinster prop Martin Moore the sole uncapped player in Ireland's match squad.

Scotland captain Kelly Brown equalled Doddie Weir's 61-appearance record as the most-capped product of Melrose RFC.

Ireland were gunning to end a four-match Six Nations losing streak, and banish the memory of their agonising 24-22 New Zealand defeat in the final autumn Test.

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