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Ireland make one change as they name side to face England

13 March 2012

  • Head Coach Declan Kidney makes one change to side to face England
  • Flanker Sean O'Brien returns to starting XV
Flanker Sean O'Brien in action for Ireland

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Ireland have made one change to their team to take on England at Twickenham on Saturday evening, with Sean O'Brien restored to the starting XV.

Peter O'Mahony returns to the bench with Shane Jennings dropping out of the squad.

O'Brien missed the victory over Scotland on Saturday because of a skin infection on his foot but the condition has cleared up following a course of antibiotics.

He returns at openside flanker in place of O'Mahony, who impressed on his debut against the Scots.

"Sean trained well and we wouldn't have selected him if he wasn't ready," Ireland Head Coach Declan Kidney said.

"It's tough on Peter because he played really well against Scotland."

Captain Rory Best (ribs) and lock Donnacha Ryan (shoulder) have been included despite carrying injuries that will limit their involvement in training this week.

Best will become Ireland's most capped hooker when he makes his 59th Test appearance, surpassing Keith Wood.

Ireland team to face England

15 R Kearney (Leinster), 14 T Bowe (Ospreys), 13 K Earls (Munster), 12 G D'Arcy (Leinster), 11 A Trimble (Ulster), 10 J Sexton (Leinster), 9 E Reddan (Leinster); 1 C Healy (Leinster), 2 R Best (Ulster, capt), 3 M Ross (Leinster), 4 D O'Callaghan (Munster), 5 D Ryan (Munster), 6 S Ferris (Ulster), 7 S O'Brien (Leinster), 8 J Heaslip (Leinster)

Replacements: 16 S Cronin (Leinster), 17 T Court (Ulster), 18 M McCarthy (Connacht), 19 P O'Mahony (Munster), 20 T O'Leary (Munster), 21 R O'Gara (Munster), 22 F McFadden (Leinster)