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In brief: Johnson names unchanged team

England manager Martin Johnson has named an unchanged team for tomorrow's Six Nations clash with Italy at Twickenham.

The only change to the 22-man squad who beat Wales last weekend comes on the bench, where Leeds flanker Hendre Fourie replaces Joe Worsley after recovering from a calf injury.

Italy coach Nick Mallett has made four changes from the team who lost to Ireland. Pablo Canavosio replaces scrum-half Edoardo Gori, while Kristopher Burton drops to the bench with Luciano Orquera taking his place at No 10. Valerio Bernabo will earn his first Six Nations start due to flanker Josh Sole's ankle injury, and Carlo Antonio Del Fava replaces Santiago Dellape in the second row.

England (v Italy) -- B Foden; C Ashton, M Tindall (capt), S Hape, M Cueto; T Flood, B Youngs; A Sheridan, D Hartley, D Cole; L Deacon, T Palmer; T Wood, J Haskell, N Easter. Reps: S Thompson, D Wilson, S Shaw, H Fourie, D Care, J Wilkinson, M Banahan.

Italy (v England) -- L McLean; A Masi, G Canale, A Sgarbi, Mirco Bergamasco; L Orquera, P Canavosio; S Perugini, L Ghiraldini, M Castrogiovanni; C Antonio Del Fava, Q Geldenhuys; V Bernabo, A Zanni, S Parisse (capt). Reps: F Ongaro, A Lo Cicero, S Dellape, R Barbieri, F Semenzato, K Burton, G Garcia.

Doyle hoping women can build on opening-day win

IRELAND's women's side will look to build on last week's opening win over Italy against a strong French side at Ashbourne RFC this evening (7.30). Philip Doyle has kept faith with the same team and replacements for the clash after a strong performance last Sunday.

But they face a step up against a France side who also opened with a win against Scotland last weekend. They have lost just once to Ireland in 17 clashes between the sides, that win coming two years ago, the last time the sides met on Irish soil.

Like their men's side, the French showed plenty of class against the Scots and Ireland will be hoping to catch them cold. Both sides have plenty of new faces for this Six Nations, but France's depth should see them through.

Verdict: France

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IRELAND -- N Briggs (UL Bohemian); N Kavanagh (UL Bohemians), L Cantwell (Richmond), G Rea (Highfield), M Kelly (UL Bohemian); N Stapleton (Old Belvedere), A Davis (Blackrock); F Coghlan (UL Bohemian, capt), G Bourke (Bristol), L Daly (Waterloo); ML Reilly (Old Belvedere), L Guest (Highfield); C Staunton (Galwegians), C Molloy (Bristol), J Neville (UL Bohemians). Reps: S Kennedy (City of Derry), E McManamly (Blackrock), D O'Brien (Blackrock), H O'Brien (Highfield), L Muldoon (UWIC), G Nolan (St Mary's), J Shiels (Richmond).

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