Ireland v Wales

 The Six Nations is fast approaching, Ireland's first match see us take on our Celtic rivals, Wales.

Over the years Ireland and Wales have had some great games long gone are the days when the two teams would fight for the wooden spoon, both teams are strong and in form. Ireland will go into the game as favourite, however with a millennium stadium crowd behind Wales it will be a tough opener for Ireland in their campaign for the Grand Slam.

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The Irish team is as follows:

15 – Girvan Dempsey Terenure College/Leinster 69
14 – Andrew Trimble Ballymena/Ulster 10
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (Captain) Blackrock College/Leinster 70
12 – Gordon D’Arcy Lansdowne/Leinster 26
11 – Denis Hickie St.Mary’s College/Leinster 53
10 – Ronan O’Gara  Cork Constitution/Munster 66
9 – Peter Stringer Shannon/Munster 72
1 – Marcus Horan Shannon/Munster 42
2 – Rory Best Belfast Harlequins/Ulster 7
3 – John Hayes Bruff/Munster 68
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan Cork Constitution/Munster 30
5 – Paul O’Connell Young Munster/Munster 39
6 – Simon Easterby Llanelli 52
7 – David Wallace Garryowen/Munster 32
8 – Denis Leamy Cork Constitution/Munster 17

Replacements 

16 – Jerry Flannery Shannon/Munster 9
17 – Simon Best Belfast Harlequins/Ulster 13
19 – Neil Best Belfast Harlequins/Ulster 7
18 – Mick O’Driscoll Cork Constitution/Munster 5
20 – Isaac Boss Ballymena/Ulster 5
21 – Paddy Wallace Ballymena/Ulster 2
22 – Geordan Murphy Leicester 44

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