Venue: Stadio Flaminio Date: Sunday, 13 February 2011 Kick-off: 1500 GMT
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The Ireland team to play France in the first RBS 6 Nations Championship game at Aviva Stadium has been named. Ireland Coach Declan Kidney has made one change to the team that started against Italy last Saturday with Jamie Heaslip named at No 8. Sean O’Brien moves to blindside and Denis Leamy is named in the replacements in place of Shane Jennings. David Wallace completes the backrow.

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v France, 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Sunday, February 13, kick-off 3pm):

15 – Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)

14 – Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)

12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

11 – Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)

10 – Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

9 – Tomas O’Leary (Dolphin/Munster)

1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)

3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)

4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)

5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)

6 – Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)

7 – David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)

8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Replacements:

16 – Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)

17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)

18 – Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster)

19 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)

20 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

21 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)

22 – Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)


  • Katie Field

    After Ireland stuttered their way to a win over Italy last weekend and France put up an impressive showing in beating the Scots, Jamie Heaslip will really need to hit the ground running if he is to help Ireland win this encounter.
    I am glad Jonathan Sexton has kept his place. I know Ronan O’Gara was cool as a cucumber in slotting that winning drop-goal but it took a team effort to get him in position and Sexton might have landed it too.
    I am glad Declan Kidney has stuck with his front five. Italy had them under a lot of pressure in the scrums last week but this combination will only improve as they get used to playing together.
    Surely Ireland can’t make as many mistakes as they did in Rome, where the knock-ons and bad passes were too numerous to count. They will need to improve enormously to beat a French side which looked powerful up front and super-confident behind.
    If both teams bring their A game to the Aviva it should be a great afternoon. Can’t wait!