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Irish Rugby Team to face Wales - full back decision to wait
Monday, 3rd March 2008

Ireland have left a vacancy at full back as Girvan Dempsey and Geordan Murphy recover from injury, while Paul O'Connell and Rory Best both return to the starting XV for Saturday.

Secondrow Paul O’Connell and hooker Rory Best have both been promoted to the starting XV for the RBS Six Nations championship game against Wales from the replacements bench that they occupied in Ireland’s last game against Scotland.

Both O’Connell and Best came on against Scotland in Croke Park and the players that they replaced, Mick O’Driscoll and Bernard Jackman have moved to the replacements for the game.

A vacancy has been left at full back as Geordan Murphy and Girvan Dempsey are recovering from achilles and hip injuries respectively at this time. A decision on who will be selected at full back will befollowing training on Thursday.

IRELAND TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v Wales, 2008 RBS 6 Nations, Croke Park, Saturday, March 8th, kick-off 1:15 p.m. local time):

15 - A. N. Other

14 - Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 11

13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) 82 (capt)

12 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 22

11 - Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 4

10 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster) 80

9 - Eoin Reddan (London Wasps) 8

1 - Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster) 54

2 - Rory Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 20

3 - John Hayes (Bruff/Munster) 82

4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 43

5 - Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 50

6 - Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster) 30

7 - David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster) 44

8 - Jamie Heaslip (Clontarf/Leinster) 6


16 - Bernard Jackman (Clontarf/Leinster) 7

17 - Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster) 5

18 - Mick O'Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster) 14

19 - Simon Easterby (Llanelli Scarlets) 64

20 - Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster) 81

21 - Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster) 7

22 - Shane Horgan (Boyne/Leinster) 59

Not Considered

Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster) {hamstring}

Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster) {arm}


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