Ireland turn to veteran Ronan O'Gara for Murrayfield clash with Scotland

Ireland turn to veteran kicker Ronan O'Gara to provide a winning formula of control and communication against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday.

Coach Declan Kidney appears to have abandoned plans of establishing Jonny Sexton as the regular fly-half and put O'Gara, instrumental in the 13-11 win over Italy and the rousing performance against France, in from the start.

Scotland coach Andy Robinson, meanwhile, has opted for young running fly-half Ruaridh Jackson over experienced kicker Dan Parks in a much-changed line-up in the wake of the 24-6 defeat by Wales.

Ronan back the years: O'Gara is set to line up against the Scots

Ronan back the years: O'Gara is set to line up against the Scots


Scotland: C Paterson; N Walker, N De Luca, S Lamont, M Evans; R Jackson, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford, M Low; R Gray, A Kellock (capt); K Brown, J Barclay, J Beattie. Substitutes: S Lawson, G Cross, N Hines, R Vernon, R Lawson, D Parks, S Danielli.

Ireland: L Fitzgerald; T Bowe, B O’Driscoll (capt), G D’Arcy, K Earls; R O’Gara, E Reddan; C Healy, R Best, M Ross; D O’Callaghan, P O’Connell; S O’Brien, J Heaslip, D Wallace. Substitutes: S Cronin, T Court, L Cullen, D Leamy, P Stringer, J Sexton, P Wallace.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales).

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