Schmidt ponders his options

06 March 2018 05:34:20 EST

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has added Barry Daly and Rob Herring to his squad for this weekend's Six Nations match against Scotland.

Leinster winger Daly has not represented the senior team before while hooker Herring returns to the squad after recovering from the elbow problem he sustained playing for Ulster against Edinburgh.

Lock Ultan Dillane is currently not with the rest of the squad as he is travelling back from South Africa following Connacht's Guinness PRO14 game against the Cheetahs, while hooker Niall Scannell should be able to play on Saturday despite suffering a recurrence of a rib injury playing for Munster against Glasgow.

Andrew Conway is also in line to feature against Scotland, who beat England in their last match, despite picking up a knee injury in Munster's last game.

Prop Tadgh Furlong and lock Iain Henderson are expected to train fully this week, with Schmidt saying of the duo: "What pulling them out of last weekend meant for us, particularly Iain who was very close to being available and could have played, is we decided to go backwards rather than forwards and take our time a little bit more with their recovery process.

"With that extra week, we're now pretty prepared for them to come into the selection equation."

Ireland have won their first three games of this season's competition and can be backed at 1/1 to complete the Grand Slam while Schmidt's team are 2/7 to win the Six Nations outright.

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