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Joe Schmidt's first Six Nations test as Ireland coach isn't as difficult as the competition may have thrown at him, but the visit of the Scots this weekend will nonetheless prove a potentially tight contest for the New Zealander to earn his tournament stripes.



Date: Sunday, February 2

Time: 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Viewing Info: BBC One (UK)

Stream: BBC Sport website


Surprise Selections

Schmidt has launched a few unexpected moves with his selection in time for Sunday's examination, with Andrew Trimble and Luke Marshall starting on the wing and at inside centre, respectively.

Marshall continues to gain prominence in the international setup, with Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy dropping out of the squad entirely as a result.

There aren't too many shocks elsewhere, but Dave Kearney manages to get ahead of his fellow speedsters on the other wing, while Chris Henry fills in at flanker for the injured Sean O'Brien.

For Johnson, there's also a surprise or two. Nick De Luca fails to get his place in the squad, which sees Alex Dunbar claim the No. 13 jersey, while Sean Maitland moves to the wing in order to accommodate the now fit-again Stuart Hogg.