Blow for Schmidt as Sexton and O'Mahony out of Ireland's 6 Nations opener

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will be without the services of two senior players on Saturday

Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony are sidelined this weekend due to injury

The two have been ruled out of their Six Nations opener with Scotland on Saturday.

The fly-half is sidelined with a calf injury, while the back-row-forward has a hamstring problem.


Speaking at the tournament's launch, captain Rory Best says there's a great attitude among the squad's seasoned campaigners.


Ireland 6 Nations fixtures (Times in GMT):

Scotland v Ireland      Murrayfield      February 4th    14:25

Italy v Ireland       Stadio Olimpico     February 11th  14:25

Ireland v France     Aviva Stadium     February 25th   16:50

Wales v Ireland     Principality Stadium  March 10th    20:00

Ireland v England  Aviva Stadium          March 18th    17:00

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