Ireland handed Sexton boost

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Ireland have received a huge boost ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland as Jonathan Sexton returned to full training.

Sexton had been a doubt for the clash at Murrayfield after suffering a bruised calf in the first half of Leinster's Champions Cup draw with Castres on January 20.

Coach Joe Schmidt had hoped the fly-half would be available and after a week of managing his injury the 31-year-old will prepare with the rest of the Ireland squad.

He is not the only injury boost for Schmidt, with the news Sean O'Brien and Keith Earls are also in contention to start this weekend.

Like Sexton, O'Brien has been nursing a calf problem, while Earls has featured in recent Munster matches.

There will be no place for Andrew Conway against Scotland, though, the Munster winger having aggravated a groin problem.