Six Nations | Caelan Dorris to make Ireland debut against Scotland
Caelan Dorris will make his international debut in Ireland's opening Six Nations clash against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Leinster star will join Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander in the back row for Andy Farrell's first competitive game at the helm following the retirement of Joe Schmidt.
Dorris, who was formerly captained Ireland at underage level, has been in excellent form for Leinster this season.
Conor Murray has pipped Ulster's Jordan Cooney to a place in the starting lineup at scrum half, where he will partner new Irish captain Johnny Sexton.
Cooney has been in scintillating form for Ulster, and is one of four Irish nominees for the EPCR European Player of the Year 2020 award.
Leinster star Jordan Larmour has also been declared fit, and will start the game at full back, where he will be joined in the back three by Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale.
Bundee Aki will join Garry Ringrose in the centre, with Robbie Henshaw missing out on the starting fifteen.
Iain Henderson and James Ryan will start in the second row, with Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Tadgh Furlong being named in the front row.
Ulster's Rob Herring replaces the retired Rory Best at hooker.
Ronan Kelleher is also in line to make his international debut, having being named in an Ireland squad for the first time. He is joined on the bench by Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Peter O'Mahony, John Cooney, Ross Byrne and Robbie Henshaw.
#TeamOfUs Here's the Ireland team to play Scotland in the opening round of the #GuinnessSixNations in @AVIVAStadium on Saturday. Two uncapped players: Caelan Doris & Ronan Kelleher.#ShoulderToShoulder pic.twitter.com/Ar7nLV7Krs — Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 28, 2020
"We've been pretty open with a clean slate as far as selection is concerned," Farrell told Irish Rugby TV.
"They’ve been great, the young kids are ready to go.
"Caelan is super-excited, and Ronan is coming back from injury, but he’s been back in and done absolutely everything with us so far in this camp. He’s looking very solid as well."
Team: Jordan Larmour; Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton (capt), Conor Murray, Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander, James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Tadhg Furlong, Rob Herring, Cian Healy.
Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Peter O'Mahony, John Cooney, Ross Byrne, Robbie Henshaw.