Kidney Makes One Change For France

Ireland Earls

Keith Earls returns at outside centre. (c) Liam Coughlan.

Ireland have named their team to take on France on Saturday evening in Stade de France. Coach Declan Kidney has made only one change to the starting fifteen which lost 23-21 to Wales last Sunday.

As expected, the returning Keith Earls takes his pace at outside centre, with Fergus McFadden dropping to the bench. Dave Kearney is the one to drop out of the match day 22 to accomodate Earls’ inclusion. Once again, Donnacha Ryan will be disappointed to start on the bench after his impressive cameo against Wales.

Kidney has once again stayed loyal to this group of players and he will expect to be rewarded with an aggressive performance. Ireland need to step up their levels of desire and urgency greatly from last weekend, especially with Kidney retaining his trust in that team.

What do you make of the team below? Comment at the bottom of this piece with the changes you would have made…

Ireland team to face Wales

1. Cian Healy (Leinster)

2. Rory Best (Ulster)

3. Mike Ross (Leinster)

4. Donnacha O’Callaghan (Munster)

5. Paul O’Connell (Munster)

6. Stephen Ferris (Ulster)

7. Sean O’Brien (Leinster)

8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)

9. Conor Murray (Munster)

10. Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)

11. Andrew Trimble (Ulster)

12. Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster)

13. Keith Earls (Munster)

14. Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

15. Rob Kearney (Leinster)


16. Sean Cronin (Leinster), 17. Tom Court (Ulster), 18. Donnacha Ryan (Munster), 19. Peter O’Mahony (Munster), 20. Eoin Reddan (Leinster), 21. Ronan O’Gara (Munster), 22. Fergus McFadden (Leinster).



Yachvili has been ruled out with a back injury. (c) Liam Coughlan.

France have had to make a late change to their starting fifteen, after Dimitri Yachvili pulled out with a back injury. Morgan Parra is his more than capable replacement, with Julien Dupuy promoted to the bench.


Photo courtesy:  Liam Coughlan.

2 responses to “Kidney Makes One Change For France

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