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Just One Change To Irish XV

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03:20 13 Mar 2014


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Peter O'Mahony makes a timely return to the Irish starting team for Ireland's Six Nations decider in Paris.

The Munster flanker, a standout performer in this year's Championship, replaces Iain Henderson who drops to the bench.

That change means Leinster's Rhys Ruddock is left out of the matchday 23.

Ruddock's provincial team mate Ian Madigan has been named in the squad for the first time in this year's Six Nations, replacing Paddy Jackson on the bench.

When asked about Madigan's inclusion, Irish coach Joe Schmidt referenced the lack of cover when some knocks occurred in the defeat against England at Twickenham.

"We ended up probably not having broad a coverage as we'd like. If Jonny was unavailable, I think we probably would have started with Paddy. It is certainly no disrespect for what Paddy's done, I think he's been great value so far. It's just Ian's ability to cover midfield, fullback and the ten spot."

The versatile back has just two previous substitute appearances in the tournament under his belt. Schmidt was impressed by his performance when he was sprung from the bench against Italy, replacing Luke Marshall at inside centre.

"I thought he came on and sparked the game up a little bit. He showed some really good footwork. Sergio Parisse reached out his foot (tripping Madigan) and got a yellow card. So he (Madigan) can be a threat to the line."

 

IRELAND Team & Replacements v France, Stade de France, Paris, 
RBS 6 Nations Championship, Saturday 15th March kick-off 18:00 CET (17:00 GMT)
 
Player/Club/Province/Caps 
 
15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 53
14. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 54
13. Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) 132 
12. Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 78
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 6
10. Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92) 42
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 26
 
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 46
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 74
3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster) 38
4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 14
5. Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 91 capt
6. Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 22
7. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster) 13
8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) 64
 
Replacements
16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 34
17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 7
18. Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster) 4
19. Iain Henderson (Ballinahinch/Ulster) 9  
20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 2 
21. Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 53
22. Ian Madigan (Blackrock/Leinster) 7
23. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 25


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