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Italy v Ireland Six Nations: We can't miss the bus again, warns coach Schmidt

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has challenged his side to fly out of the traps against Italy tomorrow after the slow start that cost them dear in their Six Nations opener against Scotland.

Ireland fell foul of Edinburgh traffic last week when their bus arrived late at Murrayfield, with Schmidt again making the point yesterday that the delay had left his players "anxious".

"I have challenged them for a better start in Italy," said the Kiwi.

"It's incredibly disappointing the way we started last weekend.

"I don't think it was apathy, there was a bit of anxiety at not having had the full period to warm up.

"Players get anxious, they get very routine-based and I do think it's a challenge for a professional player that they can be adaptable."

Ulstermen Andrew Trimble and Iain Henderson will miss out through injury but Craig Gilroy makes a return on the bench.

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