Ireland coach Joe Schmidt explains Luke Marshall exclusion

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Ulster coach Joe Schmidt explains the reasons behind the exclusion of Luke Marshall in favour of Gordon D'Arcy for Saturday's game with Wales.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt explains the reasons behind the exclusion of Luke Marshall in favour of Gordon D'Arcy for Saturday's Six Nations game with Wales.

"It's a six-day turnaround and some players had a bit of residual fatigue from the win over Scotland - Luke was one of those," said Schmidt.

The Kiwi added that skipper Paul O'Connell was fit and "mentally 100% ready to go"