Rugby Union: Ireland Starting XV to Face Italy, RBS 6 Nations 2012

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Ireland have named the same squad to face Italy in the RBS 6 Nations 2012 at Aviva Stadium on Saturday as that which had been due to face France in the postponed match in Paris a fortnight ago.

Centre Gordon D’Arcy will win his 65th cap for Ireland, while one uncapped player, Peter O’Mahony, will start on the replacements bench.

Ireland, who have only played one match – an opening weekend defeat against Wales – are looking for their first victory of the tournament from this match.

Ireland Starting XV to Face Italy, 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)

Ireland v Italy will kick-off at 13:30 GMT (14:30 CET) on Saturday 25th February 2012, at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.

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In This Story: Aviva Stadium

Aviva Stadium is a sports stadium located in Dublin, Ireland, with a capacity for 51,700 spectators. It is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road Stadium, which was demolished in 2007, and replacing it as home to its chief tenants: the Irish rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland football team.

Unlike its predecessor, which was solely owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the current stadium is controlled by the IRFU and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) through a 50:50 joint venture known as the Lansdowne Road Stadium Development Company (LRSDC). The joint venture has a 60-year lease on the stadium; on expiry the stadium will return to the exclusive ownership of the IRFU.

The 2011 UEFA Europa League Final between Portuguese sides Porto and Braga took place in the Aviva Stadium. Due to UEFA rules against corporate sponsorship outside the federation, the stadium was referred to as the “Dublin Arena” for this final.

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    Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.

    Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. As of 2016, 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

    The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.

    A strong Irish culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language. The island’s culture shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.

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    The capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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