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“Learning from a loss is one thing. But learning from a win with bonus points and being tough on ourselves is what we always do. Playing for the Triple Crown is huge for us and performing and putting pressure on France is what we’re about” – Andy Farrell

Last update: 03/14/22 4:18 p.m.

Ireland second row James Ryan will not be involved against Scotland in the Six Nations due to concussion

Irish second lines James Ryan and Ryan Baird will miss their final Six Nations game against Scotland on Saturday through injury, with uncapped duo Ross Molony and Joe McCarthy called up.

Ryan has to follow return-to-play protocols after suffering a concussion in the weekend’s 32-15 win over England.

Lock Leinster left the pitch at Twickenham after less than two minutes following a one-on-one tackle from Charlie Ewels that led to the England second row being sent off after just 82 seconds.

Baird, who started in place of Ryan in the previous outing against Italy, was also ruled out with a back problem meaning Ulster’s Iain Henderson will likely join Tadhg Beirne in second tier, having played for most of the game on Saturday. .

Charlie Ewels was red carded for a frontal tackle on Ryan 82 seconds after Saturday's Test at Twickenham

Charlie Ewels was red carded for a frontal tackle on Ryan 82 seconds after Saturday’s Test at Twickenham

Ireland had already lost two first-choice frontline players to injury earlier in the competition and their scrum struggled against the English pack without prop Andrew Porter and hooker Ronan Kelleher.

Ireland trail France by two points and are the only team that can prevent the unbeaten leaders from winning the title.

They will likely need England to win in Paris on Saturday to have any chance of winning the league by beating Scotland in Dublin.

Second row Ryan Baird will also miss the contest with a back injury

Second row Ryan Baird will also miss the contest with a back injury

Leinster's uncapped second rows Ross Molony (far left) and Joe McCarthy (far right) have been called up

Leinster’s uncapped second rows Ross Molony (far left) and Joe McCarthy (far right) have been called up

“Look, I’m not worried about it at all. We all know we have a world-class scrum, we know the staff we have,” head coach Andy Farrell said Monday.

“It’s going to be a good learning curve, isn’t it? For people like Dan [Sheehan] and the rest of the pack, they were looking for answers, asking the questions and I don’t know if they got the answers or not.

“We’re going to look at each other first and liaise with the right channels and make sure we get to the bottom of it.

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell spoke to the media about his side's scrum and lessons learned

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell spoke to the media about his side’s scrum and lessons learned

“I think we all know we have a good scrum. England have found a way and congratulations to them.”

He added: “Learning from a loss is one thing. But learning from a win with bonus points and being hard on yourself, being honest, that’s what we always do.

“The exam will be the same, the group wants to know how to improve, so we’ll make sure to give them answers.”

Johnny Sexton thinks Ireland would have slipped to defeat against England at 14 if the game had been played a few years ago

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Johnny Sexton thinks Ireland would have slipped to defeat against England at 14 if the game had been played a few years ago

Johnny Sexton thinks Ireland would have slipped to defeat against England at 14 if the game had been played a few years ago

After successive third-place finishes in the first two Six Nations campaigns of his tenure, Farrell is happy to have a shot at glory ahead of the decisive weekend.

Ireland eventually secured a 32-15 Six Nations win over England at Twickenham

Ireland eventually secured a 32-15 Six Nations win over England at Twickenham

Still, he’s not eyeing an easy run against Gregor Townsend’s Scots as in-form Ireland chase the minimum of a triple crown.

“That’s what we want,” he said of Ireland’s current stance.

“The perfect part for anyone starting out competing, they all want to aim for a Grand Slam, there’s no doubt about that.

“There is only one team allowed to do it but we are moving on to the next task and the next task for us is to make sure we prepare incredibly well for what is a huge opportunity for us at the stadium. Aviva to play for a trophy.

Irish coaches Farrell and Paul O'Connell will lead the team knowing they are in the title mix

Irish coaches Farrell and Paul O’Connell will lead the team knowing they are in the title mix

“Playing for the Triple Crown is huge for us and playing and putting pressure on France is our goal, but at the same time we know Scotland will want to finish the competition very well.

“Everyone does it at the end of a competition and we expect them to be at their best.

“We know they’re a hell of a team too, so we have to make sure we recover properly, be honest with ourselves, learn from lessons and make sure we’re ready for a final next week.”




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