Schmidt recalls fit-again Payne

Ireland's Joe Schmidt says Jared Payne's defensive ability led to his recall at centre for Saturday's Six Nations game against Italy in Dublin.

Payne missed the defeat by England because of injury and his replacement, Ulster colleague Stuart McCloskey impressed at Twickenham.

That led to calls for Schmidt to start Payne at full-back this weekend in place of injured Rob Kearney but the Ireland coach has instead opted to pick Simon Zebo at number 15 with the Ulster player slotting in at centre.

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