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Video: Jamie Heaslip takes over Six Nations captaincy as O’Driscoll era ends

Des Berry

Published 17/01/2013|10:47

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Jamie Heaslip will captain Ireland for the Six Nations

IRELAND No. 8 Jamie Heaslip will take over from Brian O'Driscoll as captain for this year's Six Nations, coach Declan Kidney revealed today, bringing an end to the centre's 10-year stint as skipper.

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Heaslip captained Ireland in the November tests in his Leinster team mate's absence through injury and although O'Driscoll has returned to the squad, Kidney said the time was right for a change of leader.



“The captaincy has been a big part of my career and life over the last number of years,” said Ireland’s record cap holder.



“While I was naturally very disappointed not to be leading the team in the Six Nations, when I talked it through with Declan I accepted the reasons behind the decision.”









FULL SQUAD



FORWARDS: J Heaslip (capt), C Healy, M Ross, M Bent, T Court, D Kilcoyne, D Fitzpatrick, R Best, R Strauss, S Cronin, D Ryan, M McCarthy, D O’Callaghan, I Henderson, D Toner, L Stevenson, C Henry, P O’Mahony, S O’Brien,



BACKS: C Murray, I Boss, P Marshall, E Reddan, J Sexton, R O’Gara, P Jackson, I Madigan, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, K Earls, L Fitzgerald, D Cave, S Zebo, A Trimble, C Gilroy, F McFadden, D McSharry, R Henshaw, R Kearney.

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