Six Nations 2016: Ireland's Kearney to miss Scotland game

England's Jonathan Joseph tackles Rob Kearney in the Six Nations clash at Twickenham last month
England's Jonathan Joseph tackles Rob Kearney in the Six Nations clash at Twickenham last month
Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland
Date: Saturday, 19 March Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
Coverage: Live on ITV, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland in Dublin because of a hamstring injury.

The Leinster player missed the 58-15 win over Italy last weekend and Simon Zebo is set to continue at full-back.

Cian Healy (hamstring) and and Eoin Reddan (calf) are doubts for the final Six Nations game as the Irish chase a third-place finish.

Uncapped Munster wing/full-back Andrew Conway has joined the squad as cover.

"Rob Kearney's hamstring hasn't recovered sufficiently and he will not be involved in Ireland camp this week," the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said on Monday.

Head coach Joe Schmidt had hoped to have Kearney fit again for Scotland's visit to the Aviva Stadium, as Ireland seek to ease a disappointing campaign with a second victory this weekend.

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Schmidt had anticipated Kearney overcoming his injury when quizzed over the 29-year-old's fitness in the wake of the easy victory over Italy.

Robbie Henshaw, Andrew Trimble and Keith Earls all received stitches to facial cuts during the Italy win, but all three will continue training.

Ireland entered the Six Nations as defending champions but are battling to salvage pride after a tough run of injuries and frustrating performances.

Ireland squad:

Forwards: Finlay Bealham (Connacht), Rory Best (Ulster) c, Sean Cronin (Leinster), Ultan Dillane (Connacht), David Foley (Munster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), David Kilcoyne (Munster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Tommy O'Donnell (Munster), Jack O'Donoghue (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Rhys Ruddock (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), CJ Stander (Munster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Josh van der Flier (Leinster), Nathan White (Connacht),

Backs: Andrew Conway (Munster), Keith Earls (Munster), Craig Gilroy (Ulster), Robbie Henshaw (Connacht), Patrick Jackson (Ulster), Ian Madigan (Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Connacht), Luke Marshall (Ulster), Stuart McCloskey (Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster)

Six Nations schedule
Date (All times GMT)FixtureCoverage
Sat, 19 Mar (14:30 KO)Wales v ItalyBBC One, S4C and BBC Radio
Sat, 19 Mar (17:00 KO)Ireland v ScotlandITV and BBC Radio
Sat, 19 Mar, (20:00 KO)France v EnglandBBC One and BBC Radio

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