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Gibson-Park retains place ahead of Murray for Scotland clash

Gibson-Park retains place ahead of Murray for Scotland clash

Jamison Gibson-Park has kept his place at scrum-half ahead of the fit-again Conor Murray for Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations trip to Scotland on Sunday.

Murray started Ireland’s opening game against Wales but missed the next two rounds due to injury, with Gibson-Park taking his place.

And the Leinster No.9 has done enough to convince head coach Andy Farrell that he should keep the starting jersey ahead of Murray for the Round 4 contest at BT Murrayfield.

Farrell has made three changes to the side that beat Italy 48-10 a fortnight ago, with two of those coming in the front row.

Veteran prop Cian Healy returns to start at loosehead over Dave Kilcoyne and Rob Herring gets the nod at hooker ahead of Ronan Kelleher to form a front row with Tadhg Furlong.

The other change sees winger Keith Earls start ahead of Jordan Larmour, while No.8 CJ Stander is set to win his 50th cap.

Stander lines up in a back row consisting of Tadhg Beirne and Will Connors, behind locks Iain Henderson and James Ryan.

Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose start at centre, while James Lowe and Hugo Keenan join Earls in the back three.

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Ireland: 15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Keith Earls, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. James Lowe, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Jamison Gibson-Park, 1. Cian Healy, 2. Rob Herring, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Iain Henderson, 5. James Ryan, 6. Tadhg Beirne, 7. Will Connors, 8. CJ Stander

Replacements: 16. Ronan Kelleher, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. Andrew Porter, 19. Ryan Baird, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Billy Burns, 23. Jordan Larmour