Ireland dealt ‘massive’ injury blow with lock Devin Toner ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle issue
- Irish lock Devin Toner is out of the remainder of the Six Nations through injury
- Toner has only missed six Test matches since Joe Schmidt took charge in 2013
- In the defeat to England, Toner injured his ankle and it has ended his Six Nations
Ireland’s chances of retaining the Six Nations have taken a serious blow with lock Devin Toner out of the tournament due to an ankle injury he picked up in the defeat by England.
Toner has missed only six Test matches since Joe Schmidt took charge of Ireland in 2013, featuring more regularly than any other player under the Kiwi’s stewardship.
Captain Rory Best admitted losing the Leinster second row — who will be sidelined for two months — is a serious threat to Ireland’s campaign.
Devin Toner will miss the rest of the Six Nations after injuring his ankle in defeat by England
‘It’s massive, he’s been a big part of what we’ve created here over the last while,’ said Best.
‘We’ve also lost the intellectual property he brings around the lineout.’
Toner is Ireland’s third frontline lock injury in this tournament, with British and Irish Lion Iain Henderson missing with a finger complaint and Munster powerhouse Tadhg Beirne out with knee trouble.
James Ryan must now take the brunt of the pressure, partnered with Quinn Roux, who makes his first Six Nations start on Saturday against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will have to do without a player who has missed six Tests in his reign
Scotland: Hogg; Seymour, Jones, Johnson, Maitland; Russell, Laidlaw (c); Dell, McInally, Berghan, Gilchrist, Gray, Wilson, Strauss, Ritchie.
Replacements: Brown, Bhatti, Rae, Toolis, Harley, Price, Horne, Kinghorn.
Ireland: Kearney; Earls, Farrell, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best (c), Furlong, Ryan, Roux, O’Mahony, Conan, O’Brien.
Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Porter, Dillane, Van der Flier, Cooney, Carbery, Larmour.
Kick-off: 2.15pm, Murrayfield, TV: LIVE on BBC1 & BBC 5 Live.
Referee: Romain Poite (France).