Stander reaches milestone as Ireland change three
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: There are three changes to Ireland’s starting XV for their Six Nations Round Four clash against Scotland with Keith Earls coming into the backline and Cian Healy and Rob Herring starting up front.
CJ Stander will win his 50th cap when he runs out in green on Sunday. He made his debut against Wales in 2016 and has notched up 60 points to date for Ireland.
Johnny Sexton captains the side and is again partnered at halfback by Jamison Gibson Park.
Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose line out in midfield while Earls returns to the back three alongside James Lowe and Hugo Keenan.
Up front Healy and Herring are back in the front row alongside Tadhg Furlong with James Ryan and Iain Henderson again packing down in the second row.
Tadhg Beirne and Will Connors will play alongside Stander in an unchanged back row.
Conor Murray returns from injury to take a place among the replacements alongside Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Billy Burns and Jordan Larmour.
Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (captain), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Will Connors, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Jordan Larmour.
Date: Sunday, March 14
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Andrea Piardi (Italy)
TMO: Alex Ruiz (France)