If it it’s not broke, don’t fix it – Seems to be the message coming from the squad as they announced the same starting line-up that defeated Italy a week and a half ago. Paddy Wallace returns after sustaining head injuries in both the French and Italian games leaving D’Arcy on the bench.
R Kearney; T Bowe, B O’Driscoll (capt), P Wallace, L Fitzgerald; R O’Gara, T O’Leary; M Horan, J Flannery, J Hayes, D O’Callaghan, P O’Connell, S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip.
Replacements: R Best, T Court, M O’Driscoll, D Leamy, P Stringer, G D’Arcy, G Murphy.
John Hayes will match Malcolm O’Kelly’s 92 caps as joint all-time most capped player.
Could also be an interesting day for #9′s as O’Leary and Stringer battle it out – O’Leary will need to offer quicker ball than he did last week with Stringer showing he’s not over the hill yet.
Ireland v England – Last 5 Six Nations Results
(2008) England 33 – 10 Ireland
(2007) Ireland 43 – 13 England
(2006) England 24 – 28 Ireland
(2005) Ireland 19 – 13 England
(2004) England 13 – 19 Ireland