RBS 6 Nations Championship Ireland v England at Lansdowne Road on Saturday 19 March 2011 Kick-off: 1700 GMT, with live coverage on BBC One. Here are the teams:
Jonathan Sexton has been named at fly half as one of two changes by Declan Kidney the game against England in Dublin. One other change sees Luke Fitzgerald losing his place at full back.Keith Earls switches to full back with Andrew Trimble coming in to fill the vacancy on the left wing. Eoin Reddan has been selected at scrum half despite being concussed during the opening minute against Wales. However, he requires a positive assessment from a neurologist before being given the green light to play.
With Tomas O’Leary ruled out because of an eye injury, coach Kidney’s options at scrum half are limited. Peter Stringer, who replaced Reddan in Cardiff, continues on the bench but will be promoted to the starting line-up should his rival from Leinster fail to receive the all-clear.
Matt Banahan will replace the injured Mike Tindall at centre in England’s team for the Grand Slam decider against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Nick Easter has been made captain in Tindall’s absence, but the team is otherwise unchanged from last weekend. Saracens’ back David Strettle is called up to the replacements’ bench.
Ireland: 15 Keith Earls, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (C), 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 5 Paul O’Connell, 6 Sean O’Brien, 7 David Wallace, 8 Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Leo Cullen, 19 Denis Leamy, 20 Peter Stringer, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Paddy Wallace
England: Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Matt Banahan, Shontayne Hape, Mark Cueto, Toby Flood, Ben Youngs, Nick Easter (c), James Haskell, Tom Wood, Tom Palmer, Louis Deacon, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Alex Corbisiero.
Replacements: Steve Thompson, Paul Doran-Jones, Simon Shaw, Tom Croft, Danny Care, Jonny Wilkinson, David Strettle.