O’Driscoll and Stringer out of French game

Ireland v France

Brain O'Driscoll and Peter stringer have both been ruled out off this weekends match at Croke Park. Ireland take on France at Croke Park in what will be an historic game, France will be the first foreign team to grace the impressive 80,000 seater stadium usually reserved for the GAA.

Isaac Boss will place Stringer while a reshuffle in the backs means that Shane Horgan who made an amazing recovery from knee surgery will join D'Arcy in the centre. Geordan Murphy will take the place of right wing with Denis Hickie remaining on the left.

Ireland will have there work cut out, without their inspirational captain but it will be a true test to see how far the sqaud has developed. On a personal level I would much prefer O'Driscoll to be 100% fit for the English clash the week after.

The team for France…

15 – Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College/Leinster) 70 caps
14 – Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers) 44
13 – Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 27
12 – Shane Horgan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 51
11 – Denis Hickie (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 54
10 – Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster) 67
9 – Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster) 5
1 – Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster) 43
2 – Rory Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 8
3 – John Hayes (Bruff/Munster) 69
4 – Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 3
5 – Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 40 (capt)
6 – Simon Easterby (Llanelli Scarlets) 53
7 – David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster) 33
8 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster) 18

Replacements:

16 – Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster) 10
17 – Simon Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 13
18 – Mick O'Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster) 5
19 – Neil Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 7
20 – Eoin Reddan (London Wasps) 1
21 – Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster) 2
22 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 11

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