O’Connell returns as captain
- 06 Feb 2014
Ireland will be led out against Wales in Dublin on Saturday by returning veteran Paul O’Connell.
O'Connell is one of two changes to the team, with Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy returning in place of Luke Marshall.
D'Arcy will partner Brian O'Driscoll in the Irish midfield for the 53rd time, with Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton pairing up again at No 9 and 10 respectively.
Ireland – 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell (c), 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Subs: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Martin Moore, 19 Dan Tuohy, 20 Tommy O'Donnell, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Fergus McFadden.
How Toulon benefited Habana
Tough times at Toulon helped make Bryan Habana a better player and a better person.
Meyer must be honest about loss
Heyneke Meyer should not be taking positives from a home defeat to the All Blacks, writes MARK KEOHANE in Business Day newspaper.
World Cup preparation the priority
The result of the Rugby Championship is largely meaningless, writes CRAIG LEWIS.