Six Nations: Nick De Luca to start for Scotland against Ireland

Scotland player Nick De Luca
De Luca will make his 33rd Scotland appearance on Saturday

Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca has been recalled to the Scotland team to face Ireland in Dublin.

De Luca's return to midfield is the only change to the starting XV made by head coach Andy Robinson as the Scots look for their first Six Nations win.

Sean Lamont started against France at centre, but moves to the wing to replace his brother Rory, who broke a leg in that match.

De Luca started the first two matches but was on the bench against France.

The Dumfries-born player faced criticism in the aftermath of being sin-binned in the defeat by Wales, but bounced back with an impressive display from the bench against France.

Robinson has called on the Scots to build on their display against the French at Murrayfield: "We did many good things in the game against France but we need to be better, especially in our accuracy and execution at breakdown, in order to beat Ireland.

"If we do the basic things well and are ruthless in contact then we can put ourselves in a position to defeat a very good Ireland team."

There is no place in the starting line-up for prop Euan Murray, who is available after missing the last two games for religious reasons, as Robinson keeps faith with his forwards.

Murray replaces Glasgow's Ed Kalman on the bench.

The Edinburgh pairing of Greig Laidlaw and Mike Blair retain their places at stand-off and scrum-half respectively.

Ruaridh Jackson replaces Glasgow team-mate Duncan Weir on the bench at stand-off.

Max Evans also starts the match on the bench, after being cleared of assault in a court case this week.


Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Lee Jones, Nick De Luca, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont, Greig Laidlaw, Mike Blair, Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, John Barclay, Ross Rennie, David Denton. Replacements: Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Al Kellock, Richie Vernon, Chris Cusiter, Ruaridh Jackson, Max Evans.