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Rugby Union: Ireland Team to Face France in Rescheduled RBS 6 Nations 2012 Fixture

Ireland have named exactly the same starting XV to face France in Sunday’s rescheduled RBS 6 Nations 2012 fixture as that which defeated Italy last weekend.

The Irish pack is also unchanged for the fourth successive test match, while Ireland will be hoping to bring an end to a pattern of RBS 6 Nations results which goes won, lost, won, lost, won, lost, won, lost, won.

Ireland will be captained once more by Paul O’Connell who will win his 85th cap in the match.

Ireland Starting XV to Face France – RBS 6 Nations 2012

  • 15 – Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
  • 14 – Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
  • 13 – Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
  • 12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
  • 11 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
  • 10 – Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
  • 9 – Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
  • 1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
  • 2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
  • 3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
  • 4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
  • 5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) (capt)
  • 6 – Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
  • 7 – Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
  • 8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Ireland Replacements

  • 16 – Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
  • 17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
  • 18 – Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
  • 19 – Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)
  • 20 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
  • 21 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
  • 22 – Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

France v Ireland will kick off at 15:00 GMT (16:00 CET) on Sunday 4th March 2012 at Stade de France, Paris, France.

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