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Kearney and O'Leary return

Rob Kearney and Tomas O'Leary will make their comebacks in Ireland's clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Leinster full-back Kearney has not played since last year's autumn international against New Zealand when he sustained a knee injury.

O'Leary, the Munster scrum-half, made his last Ireland appearance against France in February before also being ruled out for the remainder of the season with an eye problem.

He joins Leinster's Jonathan Sexton at half-back in what should be Ireland's first choice combination for the World Cup.

Jerry Flannery's long battle with a calf injury looks over after the Munster hooker was named on the bench.

Ireland team to play Scotland at Murrayfield: R Kearney (Leinster); A Trimble (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster), P Wallace (Ulster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster); J Sexton (Leinster), T O'Leary (Munster); T Court (Ulster), S Cronin (Leinster), T Buckley (Sale), D Ryan (Munster), L Cullen (Leinster, capt), M McCarthy (Connacht), N Ronan (Munster), D Leamy (Munster).

Replacements: J Flannery (Munster), M Horan (Munster), J Hayes (Munster), M O'Driscoll (Munster), K McLaughlin (Leinster), I Boss (Leinster), F Jones (Munster).


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