Six Nations 2017: Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony out of Ireland's Scotland opener
|Six Nations 2017|
|Dates: 4 Feb-18 March Coverage: BBC TV, Radio and online|
Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony will miss Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday.
Sexton’s calf injury, picked up on Leinster duty against Castres on 20 January, has not yet fully healed.
Munster flanker O’Mahony is out because of a hamstring problem, while Ulster wing Andrew Trimble is also a major doubt because of groin tightness.
“It’s better to leave him [Sexton] out this weekend,” Ireland’s forwards coach Simon Easterby said.
“We don’t want to compromise his calf any further.”
With Sexton, 31, out of the Murrayfield contest, Ulster’s Paddy Jackson looks certain to start in the fly-half jersey against the Scots.
Despite O’Mahony’s absence, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will still have strong back row options with fit-again Sean O’Brien, CJ Stander and Josh van der Flier all available to partner number eight Jamie Heaslip.
More to follow.