Schmidt Offers Updates On Sexton, O’Mahony & Trimble’s Fitness For Italy Game


Johnny Sexton, Peter O’Mahony & Andrew Trimble have all been ruled out for the opening round of the Six Nations.

Sexton was unable to recover from his calf problem picked up against Castres in the Champions Cup, but the good news is Schmidt believes he will be ready in time to face Italy next week.

Ulster’s Andrew Trimble picked up a groin problem in training during the week and has been replaced by Keith Earls on the right wing. The injury however, isn’t too severe and he will be monitored during the week. Schmidt maintains he will also be fit in time for the Italy clash.


The bad news however is Peter O’Mahony realistically will not be fit, with Schmidt noting it is ‘highly unlikely’ he will be ready for the Italian game. O’Mahony’s hamstring tear is ‘borderline grade 2’

Here’s the Ireland team in full in case you missed it.

Ireland Team and Replacements (v Scotland, RBS 6 Nations Championship, Saturday 4th February, BT Murrayfield)

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 72 caps
14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 54 caps
13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps
12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 24 caps
11. Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 28 caps
10. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 19 caps
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 53 caps

1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s/Leinster) 36 caps
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 100 caps captain
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 11 caps
4. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 28 caps
5. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 42 caps
6. CJ Stander (Munster) 10 caps
7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 44 caps
8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) 91 caps vc

16. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster)*
17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 62 caps
18. John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 1 cap
19. Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 8 caps
20. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps
21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 9 caps
22. Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster) 4 caps
23. Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 67 caps

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