Ireland name unchanged side for Six Nations clash with England

Last Updated: 10/02/13 2:27pm

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Gordon D'Arcy has recovered from a dead leg and will start at inside centre against England

Gordon D'Arcy has recovered from a dead leg and will start at inside centre against England

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Ireland have named an unchanged side for Sunday's Six Nations meeting with England in Dublin.

Head coach Declan Kidney had injury concerns over Gordon D'Arcy (dead leg) and Keith Earls (shoulder) but both have come through their respective fitness tests.

Peter O'Mahony also came through the IRB protocols governing the mild concussion he suffered in Cardiff and retains his place at blindside flanker.

An attritional championship opener at the Millennium Stadium saw centre Brian O'Driscoll, flanker Sean O'Brien, full-back Rob Kearney and prop Mike Ross suffer knocks that have cleared up during the week.

Ross, whose withdrawal due to injury in this fixture last year resulted in the destruction of Ireland's scrum, is named at tight-head prop.

"The players have recovered pretty well from the Wales game. We took 48 hours off after the match and have toned down training since," said Kidney.

"Gordon, Peter and Sean all trained fully this morning so we don't envisage there being any changes."

While delighted with the opening weekend victory in Wales, Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip has warned that much improvement is required if they are avenge last year's 30-9 hiding at Twickenham.

"We're not getting carried away with the performance against Wales," said Heaslip.

"If anyone did they were brought crashing down when they watched the video of the game. We were quite clinical in the first half but we made a lot of mistakes in the second half."

Ireland: Kearney, Gilroy, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, Zebo, Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best, Ross, McCarthy, Ryan, O'Mahony, O'Brien, Heaslip.

Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Fitzpatrick, O'Callaghan, Henry, Reddan, O'Gara, Earls.

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