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Ireland unchanged for Italy

2012-02-21 16:21

Dublin - Flyhalf Jonathan Sexton has recovered from a thigh injury and is included in an unchanged Ireland team for Saturday's Six Nations match against Italy here.

Ireland's match against France on February 11 was postponed because of a frozen pitch, meaning Declan Kidney's team faces four games in as many weeks to finish the northern hemisphere competition.

Kidney says "we need to approach this game by game, rather than as a block of four fixtures, and that's what we're doing."

The Irish, who opened with a 23-21 home loss to Wales, have never lost to Italy in the Six Nations.

Teams:

Ireland: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Keith Earls, 12-Gordon D'Arcy, 11-Andrew Trimble, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray, 8-Jamie Heaslip, 7-Sean O'Brien, 6-Stephen Ferris, 5-Paul O'Connell (captain), 4-Donncha O'Callaghan, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Rory Best, 1-Cian Healy.

Substitutes: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Tom Court, 18-Donnacha Ryan, 19-Peter O'Mahony, 20-Eoin Reddan, 21-Ronan O'Gara, 22-Fergus McFadden.

Italy: TBA

AP