Ireland unchanged for England game

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iol spt feb8 Ireland-Wales AFP Ireland coach Declan Kidney announced an unchanged side Friday to play England in Sunday's Six Nations international. Photo by: PAUL ELLIS

Maynooth, Ireland – Ireland coach Declan Kidney announced an unchanged side Friday to play England in Sunday's Six Nations international at Dublin's Lansdowne Road.

Flanker Peter O'Mahony, who suffered a head knock, and backs Gordon D'Arcy (dead leg) and Keith Earls (shoulder) were all passed fit after suffering injuries during Ireland's tournament-opening 30-22 win over Grand Slam champions Wales in Cardiff last weekend.

Sunday's match is already being billed as a potential title-decider after England defeated Scotland 38-18 at Twickenham in the first round..

Earlier on Friday, England coach Stuart Lancaster made one change to his starting line-up, with James Haskell coming into a revamped back-row after No 8 Ben Morgan was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Ireland (15-1)

Rob Kearney; Craig Gilroy, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Simon Zebo; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Jamie Heaslip (capt), Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony; Donnacha Ryan, Mike McCarthy; Mike Ross, Rory Best, Cian Healy

Replacements: Sean Cronin, David Kilcoyne, Declan Fitzpatrick, Donncha O'Callaghan, Chris Henry, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O'Gara, Keith Earls.– Sapa-AFP


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