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Payne, Bowe in Ireland mix but Trimble is out

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland have been dealt a blow ahead of their crucial Six Nations clash with Wales on Friday night with the news that Ulster skipper Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of the rest of the Championship with a broken hand.

Trimble picked up the injury during Ulster's PRO12 win over Treviso and will play no part against either Wales or England in the final two games.

But Trimble's woe is joy for his Ulster team-mate Tommy Bowe, who has been called up to Joe Schmidt's squad, while Kingspan favourite Jared Payne will be ready and raring to go, according to his Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss.

Kiss said: "He showed his class against Treviso and you can see he's in a good place."

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