We are likely to see three changes to the Ireland side that takes on Scotland this Saturday when head coach Joe Schmidt makes his announcement this afternoon.

With centre Chris Farrell out due to a knee injury Garry Ringrose is likely to be parachuted straight into the starting side despite having only just come back from an injury lay-off himself.

This is because of a shortage of bodies in the centre following Robbie Henshaw recent shoulder operation and Farrell’s se-back.

Up front, Tadhg Furlong has been declared fit and will slot straight back in at tight-head despite Andrew Porter’s excellent displays as his replacement for most of the win over Italy and the follow-up victory against Wales.

Henderson is fit again, leaving him in line to replace Devin Toner in the second row.

This will mean changes on the bench too, with Porter and Toner both expected to be named amongst the replacements.

This is likely to see Quinn Roux and John Ryan dropping out of the match-day 23.

Schmidt will name his team at 1.45pm today.

Possible Ireland team v Scotland: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (captain), Tadhg Furlong; James Ryan, Iain Henderson; Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Seán Cronin, Jack McGrath, Devin Toner, Andrew Porter, Jack Conan, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery, Fergus McFadden.

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