Irish unchanged for Poms
24 Feb 2009
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Irish unchanged for Poms
Ireland have named an unchanged starting XV for their clash with England at Croke Park.
Centre Paddy Wallace’s place is under threat from Gordon D’Arcy, but coach Declan Kidney resisted the urge to make any changes. The only alteration to his 22 is dropping 92-capped lock Malcolm O’Kelly, with Mick O’Driscoll included on the bench.
“We went through the whole team selection. The team are training so well and we took that into account,” said Kidney.
“The lads who came on as subs in the first two matches have put their hands up, as have the guys on Magners League duty at the weekend.
“Second row is probably one of the most sought-after positions in the set-up,” he said of O’Kelly’s exclusion.
“Mick had been going well prior to getting the shoulder injury and he played very well in the Magners League on the weekend, so I felt he deserved his chance.
“I’m sure Malcolm will force his way back into the side.”
Ireland – 15 Rob Kearney (Leinster); 14 Tommy Bowe (Ospreys), 13 Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster, c), 12 Paddy Wallace (Ulster), 11 Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster); 10 Ronan O’Gara (Munster), 9 Tommas O’Leary (Munster); 1 Marcus Horan (Munster), 2 Jerry Flannery (Munster), 3 Jim Hayes (Munster), 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster), 5 Paul O’Connell (Munster), 6 Stephen Ferris (Ulster), 7 David Wallace (Munster), 8 Jamie Heaslip (Leinster).
Subs: 16 Rory Best (Ulster), 17 Tom Court (Ulster), 18 Mick O’Driscoll (Leinster), 19 Dennis Leamy (Munster), 20 Peter Stringer (Munster), 21 Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), 22 Geordan Murphy (Leicester).
Murray back from injury
Scotland tighthead Euan Murray has recovered from a rib injury to face Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Murray is a front-runner for the British & Irish Lions No 3 jersey after some strong showings in the November internationals, but will eager to prove himself after he missed the opening two rounds of the Six Nations.
The only other change to the side sees Al Kellock in at lock for the injured Jim Hamilton.
“We took a bold approach to selection last week and performed bravely in Paris,” said coach Frank Hadden. “The approach to this game remains the same.
“We are delighted to recall Euan Murray and bring someone as experienced as Al Kellock in to replace Jim Hamilton.”
Team – 15-Hugo Southwell, 14-Simon Danielli, 13-Max Evans, 12-Graeme Morrison, 11-Thom Evans, 10-Phil Godman, 9-Mike Blair (c); 8-Simon Taylor, 7-John Barclay, 6-Alasdair Strokosch, 5-Alastair Kellock, 4-Jason White, 3-Euan Murray, 2-Ross Ford, 1-Allan Jacobsen. Subs:16-Dougie Hall, 17-Alasdair Dickinson, 18-Kelly Brown, 19-Scott Gray, 20-Chris Cusiter, 21-Chris Paterson, 22-Nick De Luca.