Ireland drop O'Gara

2009-11-24 16:06

Dublin - Ireland coach Declan Kidney has made six changes to the team that ran out 41-6 winners against Fiji last weekend ahead of what should be a tougher encounter against South Africa on Saturday.

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Kidney has made three changes in the backline of the Six Nations champions with Tommy Bowe returning to the team on the right wing in place of Shane Horgan.

Paddy Wallace moves from the bench to start at inside centre with Gordon D'Arcy named in the replacements. Tomas O'Leary is selected in the starting team at scrumhalf.

Jonathan Sexton, who scored 16 points last weekend on his flawless debut, has retained his place at flyhalf in the team announced Tuesday at the expense of Ronan O'Gara.

The forwards have also seen three changes with Cian Healy starting at loosehead after recovering from his shoulder injury and Tony Buckley is retained in the replacements.

Donncha O'Callaghan also returns to the side in the second row with Leo Cullen moving to the replacements.

David Wallace, who was not involved in the match 22 against Fiji, is selected at openside.

World champions South Africa on Monday put off naming the team to play Ireland in Dublin because of an injury crisis which forced them to cancel training.

The Springboks - who grabbed their first win of the northern hemisphere tour on Saturday against Italy - had intended to name their team on Tuesday, but have delayed it till Thursday.

The Boks - who have lost to France, and English Premiership sides Leicester and Saracens - have eight players injured including six that played in the defeat to France.

Fullback Zane Kirchner (knee), centre Adi Jacobs (ankle), scrumhalf Fourie du Preez (hand), lock Bakkies Botha (back), hooker Bismarck du Plessis (ribs) and backrow forward Schalk Burger (ribs) are the six injured players to have started the 20-13 reverse against France in Toulouse on November 13.

Aside from them replacement hooker Adriaan Strauss has a back injury and prop CJ van der Linde is suffering from a groin injury.

Kick-off is at 16:30 SA time.


15-Rob Kearney, 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12-Paddy Wallace, 11-Keith Earls, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Tomas O'Leary, 8-Jamie Heaslip, 7-David Wallace, 6-Stephen Ferris, 5-Paul O'Connell, 4-Donncha O'Callaghan, 3-John Hayes, 2-Jerry Flannery, 1-Cian Healy

Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Tony Buckley, 18-Leo Cullen, 19-Denis Leamy, 20-Peter Stringer, 21-Ronan O'Gara, 22-Gordon D'Arcy


  • Bok man - 2009-11-24 19:07

    Brave, creative and most likely wise move to pick highly talented rising star Sexton over Lions failure O'Gara that shows the ruthless intent of the Irish to field their strongest possible in-form team. That Sexton will be playing in front of his hometown crowd on the back of a flawless, impressive performance against Fiji will only boost the Irish charge. If the Boks lose that will be the lesson that PdV will hopefully have learnt (the hard way unfortunately) as judging by the midweek fiascos he certainly didn't learn it after the Lions 3rd Test: pick the top in-form players, full stop. Don't discard the Jean dVs and Frans Steyns, and don't leave in-form players on the sidelines while fielding players who can't command a first-choice place in their provinces and haven't yet developed to international level. If the Boks win, it will of course be full credit to PdV and the team, but maybe the lesson can still be learned, in that case the easy way. Go Bokke!

  • BLOUBOK - 2009-11-24 21:46

    Lets hope Zane is fit and ready for Saturday otherwise you will see Sir Earl in jersey no 15.

  • AJ (Lions supporter) - 2009-11-25 07:55

    @BLOUBOK i hope you wrong!! rather stick Ruan Pienaar there!

  • Nevs - 2009-11-25 08:55

    Are you moaning again. Oh did you guys see who is currently the NR 1 team according to the IRB ranking. Just check this out and stop moaning. Stupid rugby supporters ja.

  • Bee - 2009-11-25 09:00

    Please please please let the Boks win this one, and win it convincingly. They deserve it massively. And with all the broo-ha-ha in the press regarding the animosity between the Boks and Irish, it would be so satisfying if/when we destroy them.

  • AJ @ Nevs - 2009-11-25 17:10

    hey dude, just keep quiet. SA rugby is a passion. and every supporter has thier opinion. This is a place where we can express that opinion.... Not moan! I will support green and gold even if Malema was fullback... (I might not support him as a player though) When it comes to Earl Rose... we all have the same opinion though... Just keep quiet. I am sure people will like you better

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