Ireland team to face England at Twickenham

Declan Kidney has selected Jonathan Sexton ahead of Ronan O’Gara for Saturday’s clash with England at Twickenham. Here’s the full team.

Leicester’s Geordan Murphy comes into the side at full-back to replace the injured Rob Kearney, Donncha O’Callaghan returns to the second row in place of Leo Cullen, whilst Rory Best replaces the naughty Jerry Flannery.

14. Bowe
13. O’Driscoll
12. D’Arcy
11. Earls
10. Sexton
9. O’Leary

1. Healy
2. Best
3. Hayes
4. O’Callaghan
5. O’Connell
6. Ferris
7. Wallace
8. Heaslip

Replacements: Cronin, Buckley, Cullen, Jennings, Reddan, O’Gara, Trimble

8 thoughts on “Ireland team to face England at Twickenham

  1. Full credit to Ireland on this selection. To pick Sexton ahead of O’Gara in such a key game away from home is a hugely positive choice and one that Martin Johnson should learn from. You can bet that if the fixture was the other way around, there would be zero chance that Johnson would pick a young talented fly-half over his experienced but ageing and limited number 10 Johnny Wilkinson. Johnson would just go all out defence and tell johnny to kick his goals.

    Johnson…’s these sorts of decisions that are needed if you are to ever be a respected coach and develop England into a half-decent side.

  2. Even with Fitzgerald and Kearney injured, it’s a pretty impressive backline when you can still leave Trimble on the bench, although I think he should be in there ahead of Earls personally.

    So after the heavy defeat in Paris, will we see a backlash from a rejuvenated Ireland with a point to prove, or will we see a sulky under-performing Ireland like in the last year of O’Sullivan’s reign? I hope the latter, but somehow I doubt it.

  3. Yeah, that’s exactly what I thought when I saw the appeal news. I can’t see it being reduced, but I guess he’ll be working the ‘showed regret’ angle.

    Do you think if a case is reconsidered, the sanction can be made more severe?!

  4. Not too sure of the rules, however don’t think Flannery would appeal if there was a chance he could get a heftier sanction!

  5. My understanding is the 6 Nations Diciplinary officer has also lodged an appeal against the length of the ban and may be looking to have it increased. If so this would may have been reason why Flannery also appealed from his side.

  6. Maybe he’s appealing because it was in Paris. You can easily get away with a trip if it’s in Paris. Although it does help if your name’s Serge Betsen. Mind you, Serge was a tad more subtle than Flannery who appears to have been watching UFC fights on Sky.

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