Sunday 30 April 2017

Backline changes for Ireland

Keith Earls. Photo: Getty Images
Keith Earls. Photo: Getty Images

There are two changes in personnel in the backline and also a positional switch. Keith Earls moves to fullback in place of Luke Fitzgerald.

Andrew Trimble comes into the team on the left wing, for his first start in this year’s Championship. Jonathan Sexton will start the game with Ronan O’Gara moving to the replacements.

Eoin Reddan has made good progress from the concussion he received in the game against Wales and will visit a neurologist this week to confirm he is fit to play.

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v England, 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championship, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, March 19, kick-off 5.00pm):

15 - Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)

14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

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

12 - Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

11 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

10 - Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

9 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

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 - Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)

21 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)

22 - Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)

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