D'Arcy picks up his 65th cap for Ireland

The Ireland team to play Italy in the RBS 6 Nations Championship at Aviva Stadium on Saturday, February 25th has been named.

Kidney has named the same starting XV and replacements from the postponed game against France two weeks ago.

Centre Gordon D’Arcy will win his 65th cap for Ireland having first been capped against Romania in 1999. The uncapped Peter O’Mahony is included on the bench.

Starting XV:
15 – Rob Kearney
14 – Tommy Bowe
13 – Keith Earls
12 – Gordon D’Arcy
11 – Andrew Trimble
10 – Jonathan Sexton
9 – Conor Murray
1 – Cian Healy
2 – Rory Best
3 – Mike Ross
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan
5 – Paul O’Connell (capt)
6 – Stephen Ferris
7 – Sean O’Brien
8 – Jamie Heaslip

Replacements:
16 – Sean Cronin
17 – Tom Court
18 – Donnacha Ryan
19 – Peter O’Mahony
20 – Eoin Reddan
21 – Ronan O’Gara
22 – Fergus McFadden

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