Ireland stick with winning side
February 8, 2013
Winger Simon Zebo will be hoping to conjure some more magic when Ireland tackle England in Dublin on Sunday © PA Photos
Ireland have named an unchanged side for their Six Nations showdown with England in Dublin on Sunday.
Coach Declan Kidney was able to opt for the same again after centre Gordon D'Arcy recovered from the dead leg he sustained in last weekend's 30-22 victory over Wales and flanker Peter O'Mahony was given the all-clear after suffering concussion in the same match.
Centre Brian O'Driscoll, flanker Sean O'Brien, fullback Rob Kearney and prop Mike Ross have also shrugged off knocks they picked up in what was a bruising Millennium Stadium encounter. Substitute centre Keith Earls takes his place on an unchanged replacements bench after damaging his shoulder against Wales.
"The players have recovered pretty well from the Wales game. We took 48 hours off after the match and have toned down training since," said Kidney. "Gordon, Peter and Sean all trained fully this morning so we don't envisage there being any changes."
Ireland: Rob Kearney; Craig Gilroy, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Simon Zebo; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Mike McCarthy, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip (captain)
Replacements: Sean Cronin, David Kilcoyne, Declan Fitzpatrick, Donncha O'Callaghan, Chris Henry, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O'Gara, Keith Earls
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