Earls returns for Ireland

Centre Keith Earls will start for Ireland in their Six Nations clash against France on Saturday.

Earls was set to start in last week’s defeat to Wales, but pulled out because of his new-born daughter’s illness. He now replaces Fergus McFadden in the midfield.

Otherwise, coach Declan Kidney has picked the same team that ran out in Dublin last weekend.

Ireland – 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Donnacha Ryan, 19 Peter O’Mahony, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Fergus McFadden.