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Ulster duo return to Ireland panel for Six Nations clash with Scotland

Ulster's Rob Herring has rejoined the Ireland panel after returning from injury while Iain Henderson is expected to be fit to face Scotland.

Herring had suffered an elbow injury during Ulster's defeat to Edinburgh and missed Ireland's win over Wales. Henderson picked up a hamstring injury during the victory over Italy and also sat out the Six Nations success against the Welsh.

In the latest injury update, the IRFU confirmed that Herring has rejoined the squad while Henderson is expected to train fully this week, as is Tadhg Furlong, who also suffered a hamstring injury against Italy.

Joe Schmidt's men's Grand Slam bid would be handed a clear boost by the return of influential prop Furlong and bullish lock Henderson.

Meanwhile, Niall Scannell suffered a recurrence of a rib injury during Munster's 21-10 win in Glasgow on Friday but is expected to be fit for Scotland's visit to the Aviva.

Leinster's Barry Daly joins the squad while Andrew Conway is continuing his return from a knee injury at Munster but is expected to be available for selection next week.

Ireland are without injured centres Robbie Henshaw and Chris Farrell for Scotland's Aviva Stadium visit, with fit-again Garry Ringrose the front-runner to start at outside centre.

Ireland host Scotland at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon before their final game of the Six Nations against England at Twickenham a week later on Saturday, March 17 (kick-off 2.45pm).

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