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28th Jan 2020

Not everyone is happy with the Ireland starting XV for the Six Nations opener on Saturday

James Fenton

Andy Farrell has named his starting XV for Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland and it’s fair to say one omission is causing a bit of a stir.

The tried and tested Conor Murray has gotten the nod at scrum-half ahead of Ulster’s in-form John Cooney while one uncapped player starts, namely Caelan Doris at number eight.

It’s the omission of Cooney though that has gotten most people talking, with many believing his blistering form for the Ulstermen this season should have ensured he starts over 78-cap Murray.

Many feel that now is the perfect time for 29-year-old Cooney to be given an opportunity, however, Farrell has decided to put his faith in Murray for Saturday’s big showdown with the Scots. Some are accusing Farrell of choosing reputation over form when it comes to picking the Ireland starting XV and here’s how people have been reacting online to the news…

Whatever happens, the whole of Ireland will be behind Murray and the rest of the Ireland starting XV when they take to the Aviva Stadium at 4.45pm on Saturday.

See here full a full list of Ireland’s 2020 Six Nations fixtures.