LIMERICK prop Dave Kilcoyne looks set to make his first start for Ireland in Sunday week’s RBS Six Nations Championship clash with Scotland at Murrayfield (2pm)
Ireland’s first choice loosehead prop this season, Cian Healy, was handed a three-week ban by the Six Nations disciplinary committee this Wednesday, for a stamp on Dan Cole’s leg during Sunday’s 12-6 RBS 6 Nations defeat by England at the Aviva Stadium.
Twenty five-year-old will Healy is also set to miss the fourth round Six Nations clash with France in Dublin on Saturday, March 9. Healy will now consider whether to appeal against the suspension.
Healy’s expected absence is set to result in a first start in a full international for Munster prop Kilcoyne in the February 24 meeting with the Scots. The 24-year-old UL-Bohs clubman has won four caps to date as a replacement, including making substitute appearances in both of Ireland’s Six Nations fixtures with Wales and England in recent weeks.
Kilcoyne has made 18 appearances for Munster, including 12 starts this season in the province’s marquee Heineken Cup and RaboPRO12 fixtures. The former Ardscoil Ris student had only made one start for Munster before the start of this season.
Born in Ballinacurra, Kilcoyne mixed GAA with Old Christians, soccer with Summerville and rugby with UL-Bohs while growing up.
At Ardscoil, the dynamic Kilcoyne played on a side which reached a Munster Schools Junior Cup final. Kilcoyne began his rugby career as a back-row forward, but moved up to the front row while in school.
Meanwhile, another Munster star, Keith Earls, also looks set to be included in Declan Kidney’s starting line-up to face Scotland at Murrayfield as a replacement for his injured provincial colleague, Simon Zebo.
Neither Kilcoyne nor Earls will feature for Munster in Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash with the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets as a result of their expected involvement in the upcoming RBS Six Nations fixtures.