Ireland recall O'Brien

Flanker fit to face England after course of antibiotics

Last Updated: 13/03/12 2:41pm

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Sean O'Brien: returns to Ireland's back row after skin infection

Sean O'Brien: returns to Ireland's back row after skin infection

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Ireland have made one change to the team to take on England at Twickenham on Saturday, with Sean O'Brien restored to the starting XV.

Peter O'Mahony returns to the bench with Shane Jennings dropping out of the squad.

O'Brien missed the victory over Scotland on Saturday because of a skin infection on his foot but the condition has cleared up following a course of antibiotics.

He is therefore restored to the openside flank in place of O'Mahony, who impressed on his debut against the Scots.

"Sean trained well and we wouldn't have selected him if he wasn't ready," coach Declan Kidney said.

"It's tough on Peter because he played really well against Scotland."

Captain Rory Best (ribs) and lock Donnacha Ryan (shoulder) have been included despite carrying injuries that will limit their involvement in training this week.

Best will become Ireland's most capped hooker when he makes his 59th Test appearance, surpassing Keith Wood.

Ireland: 15 R Kearney (Leinster), 14 T Bowe (Ospreys), 13 K Earls (Munster), 12 G D'Arcy (Leinster), 11 A Trimble (Ulster), 10 J Sexton (Leinster), 9 E Reddan (Leinster); 1 C Healy (Leinster), 2 R Best (Ulster, capt), 3 M Ross (Leinster), 4 D O'Callaghan (Munster), 5 D Ryan (Munster), 6 S Ferris (Ulster), 7 S O'Brien (Leinster), 8 J Heaslip (Leinster)
Replacements: 16 S Cronin (Leinster), 17 T Court (Ulster), 18 M McCarthy (Connacht), 19 P O'Mahony (Munster), 20 T O'Leary (Munster), 21 R O'Gara (Munster), 22 F McFadden (Leinster)

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