Ireland urged to put pressure on Scottish newcomer Blair Kinghorn

Assistant coach Mike Catt says it’s crucial Ireland take out Scotland’s rookie international Blair Kinghorn and not allow him “to play the game in evening suit”.

The Edinburgh Kinghorn is a surprise pick for Saturday’s crucial Six Nations game in Dublin, relegating influential Finn Russell to the bench.

Having won most of his 30 friendly matches as a full-back or winger, the 25-year-old will make only his second start in his country’s No10 shirt following some impressive club performances in the United Rugby Championship.

England world champion Catt, who has played full-back, full-back and center throughout his illustrious international career, believes Kinghorn is capable of wreaking havoc on Ireland’s hopes of winning the Triple Crown.

“Listen, I’ve looked at some footage of Blair and I think he’s a fantastic player,” Catt said.

“He’s got a running game, he’s very explosive, he’s got a damn good passing game and, if he has the time and space, his kicking game is exceptional too, he’s got a really big shoe.

“We don’t want to give him the opportunity to sit back and play the game in a tuxedo so it’s crucial that we follow him.

“But as a rugby player I think what he’s going to do for this Scottish team is tremendous. He’s a big threat to us.” Ireland urged to put pressure on Scottish newcomer Blair Kinghorn

Andrew Schnitker

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