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Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw are set to return to Eire obligation in Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup recreation in opposition to Scotland however Billy Burns and James Lowe have been dominated out.
Captain Sexton and centre Henshaw missed the video games in opposition to England and Georgia due to damage however each returned to coaching on Monday.
Burns sustained a groin damage in Eire’s lacklustre win over Georgia.
Wing Lowe was dominated out of Sunday’s recreation due to an identical damage.
Each will miss the battle for third place in Dublin in opposition to the Scots within the new match, though Sexton’s anticipated availability at fly-half will compensate for the absence of Ulster quantity 10 Burns.
The 26-year-old impressed on his first Eire begin, scoring their opening attempt on Sunday earlier than going off shortly after half-time.
Sexton, 35, sustained a hamstring pressure in Eire’s opening Autumn Nations Cup win over Wales with centre Henshaw, 27, injuring an abductor muscle in the identical recreation.
Flanker Will Connors will proceed to be monitored after being pressured off for a head damage evaluation final weekend however wing Keith Earls (again), scrum-half Conor Murray (lifeless leg) and hooker Rob Herring (rib) must be accessible to educate Andy Farrell.
Prop Ed Byrne will stay out due to an ongoing calf challenge, whereas the uncapped duo of Ulster prop Eric O’Sullivan and Leinster fly-half Harry Byrne will stay with the squad this week.
Sexton defends Eire file beneath Farrell
Talking in a information convention on Tuesday afternoon, Sexton dismissed recommendations that the workforce have gone backwards beneath coach Farrell, and accused the media of being overly important.
Farrell’s first yr within the job, which has included two disappointing defeats by England and one in opposition to France, was on Monday assessed as “a mean return” by Irish Rugby Soccer Union efficiency director David Nucifora.
Nevertheless, the Eire skipper is adamant progress is being made and provided to indicate video footage to help his argument.
“In the event you’re speaking about outcomes – which is what Take a look at match rugby is about – there have been loads of Irish groups through the years which have misplaced in Twickenham and have misplaced in France,” mentioned Sexton.
“Have been they video games we might have gained? Perhaps not the primary England recreation. The second and the French one, we undoubtedly really feel like there have been issues we did that received away from us.
“England have been in a World Cup last, they’re in all probability one of many higher groups on this planet in the meanwhile and we have to stand up to that degree.
“Have we gone backwards? Not while you evaluate it to 2019. In the event you go and evaluate it to 2018 then clearly. However we went backwards in 2019, the identical workforce went backwards.
“I do know you guys [the media] do not agree however we really feel like we’re progressing and we have to present it, and that is the place the hole in opinion is actually.
“We are able to present you some video clips, if you need, of us creating a lot of alternatives that we’re simply not ending. That is what we really feel, you may disagree if you need, however that is the place we’re.”
Georgia show ‘not our customary’ – Sexton
Since stepping up from assistant coach to succeed Joe Schmidt after final yr’s World Cup, Farrell has chopped and adjusted together with his choice, selecting 40 gamers throughout eight fixtures and handing out a string of debuts.
Eire completed third within the Guinness Six Nations and likewise attracted criticism for his or her laboured show in Sunday’s underwhelming 23-10 win over the Georgians.
Sexton watched that recreation from the Aviva Stadium stands and echoed Farrell’s post-match feedback that the second-half displaying was unacceptable.
“It isn’t our customary and we’re not getting away from that,” Sexton mentioned.
“We hope to proper these wrongs over this week and the Six Nations is huge then. We have to try to put all of it collectively on Saturday.”