Ireland unchanged for Twickers crunch
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:23
Ireland named an unchanged side for the Six Nations crunch encounter against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Paul O'Connell will lead the side as Ireland seek their first win in Twickenham since 2010.
Chris Henry, a try scorer against Wales, retains the No.7 jersey and is joined in the back row by Peter O'Mahony and Jamie Heaslip.
Conor Murray (No.9) and Johnny Sexton (No.10) continue as the halfback pairing, with Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy lining out in midfield.
O'Driscoll will equal George Gregan as the most capped player of all time in Test matches.
There are two changes on the bench - with Iain Henderson in for the injured Dan Touhy and the uncapped Jordi Murphy providing back row cover.
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell (captain), 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Martin Moore, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Fergus McFadden.
Date: Saturday, February 22
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 16.00 (16.00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)
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