De Luca to face Ireland

by Michelle Fortune , 06 March 2012

Andy Robinson has brought in Nick de Luca into the Scotland starting XV for Saturday's RBS Six Nations clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

Robinson has been forced to tinker with his side following the injury to Rory Lamont and he has named De Luca in the centre with Sean Lamont moving the outside to replace his brother.

The rest of the team is the same as the one that went close to beating France last time but Robinson has shuffled his replacements with Euan Murray, Ruaridh Jackson and Max Evans all taking their place on the bench in place of Ed Kalman, Duncan Weir and De Luca.

"We did many good things in the game against France but we need to be better, especially in our accuracy and execution at breakdown, in order to beat Ireland," Robinson said.

"If we do the basic things well and are ruthless in contact then we can put ourselves in a position to defeat a very good Ireland team."

The coach is also pleased to see Jackson return to the fold after a number of injury problems.

"Ruaridh has worked hard and done well in his games with Glasgow. He had a tough time with injury following the Rugby World Cup but he has the strength of character required in international rugby," Robinson added.

"We are also delighted to see Max and Euan back in the squad and look forward to their contribution this weekend."

Scotland (XV v Ireland): S Hogg; L Jones, N De Luca, G Morrison, S Lamont;, G Laidlaw, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford, G Cross, R Gray, J Hamilton, J Barclay, R Rennie, D Denton.

Replacements: S Lawson, E Murray, A Kellock, R Vernon, C Cusiter, R Jackson, M Evans.

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