Sexton back for Ireland in Nations Cup clash against Scotland

Jonny Sexton returns to the Ireland squad after recovering from a hamstring injury. David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Fit-again captain Johnny Sexton will return when Ireland take on Scotland in their Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium after coach Andy Farrell named the squad on Thursday.

Sexton was forced off the field with a hamstring problem that he sustained in their opening win over Wales and replaces the injured Billy Burns at flyhalf.

Uncapped Ulster Rugby prop Eric O'Sullivan is set to make his debut after being named among the replacements, while Robbie Henshaw returns from a groin issue to slot in at outside centre with former Connacht team mate Bundee Aki at inside centre.

Farrell did not make changes to the back line for the third-place playoff, opting for the trio of Jacob Stockdale, Keith Earls and Hugo Keenan who all featured in last weekend's 23-10 victory over Georgia.

Ireland starting XV to face Scotland:

Jonathan Sexton (captain), Jacob Stockdale, Hugo Keenan, Bundee Aki, Chris Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, Keith Earls, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, CJ Stander, Peter O'Mahony, Caelan Doris.


Ronan Kelleher, Eric O'Sullivan, John Ryan, Quinn Roux, Josh van der Flier, Jamison Gibson Park, Ross Byrne, Chris Farrell.