Ireland recall O'Connell and D'Arcy for Wales
February 6, 2014
Paul O'Connell is fit to captain Ireland © Getty Images
Paul O'Connell will captain Ireland on Saturday in one of two changes made to the team that started against Scotland.
O'Connell was a late withdrawal from the Ireland team that begun their Six Nations opener against Scotland last Sunday as he was suffering from a chest infection. But he has recovered and takes his place in the second-row alongside Devin Toner with Dan Tuohy dropping to the bench.
Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has made one further change with Gordon D'Arcy recalled in the centres in place of Luke Marshall who drops out of the 23-man squad.
Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Dave Kearney, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Paul O'Connell (captain), Peter O'Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip
Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Dan Tuohy, Tommy O'Donnell, Isaac Boss, Paddy Jackson, Fergus McFadden
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Back-row forward Julien Bardy will answer a charge of striking England No.8 Billy Vunipola with his knee in Clermont's 30-23 defeat at Saracens on Saturday
Ireland have been served a fitness blow ahead of the autumn internationals and possibly the Six Nations after Ulster winger Andrew Trimble was ruled out with a toe injury
Ireland have named five uncapped players in their 37-man squad for the upcoming autumn internationals
Maria Sharapova's chances of ending the season as World No.1 were dealt a blow after a 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 loss to Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Finals
Roy Keane has reignited his war of words with Jose Mourinho, claiming it is easy for the Chelsea manager to play mind games with a squad worth £300 million
The trial and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius forces those who witnessed his incredible athletic feats to question themselves all over again, writes Simon Barnes
Thirteen consecutive knockouts in world title fights puts Gennady Golovkin in esteemed company - he deserves his chance to prove just how good he is, writes Steve Bunce
In the blink of an eye, a winger can go from a hero to villain. Hugh Godwin talks to Zac Guildford and David Strettle about life on the flank
It may sound sacrilegious to petrol-heads, but could removing the drivers from F1 be the answer to the sport's long-term problems?
Nicolas Colsaerts shot a round of 60 the other day. The reports said it equalled the lowest round on the European Tour - but I thought there was a 59 earlier this year?
Jose Mourinho claims his current Chelsea team are nearing the heights reached by his record-breaking 2004-5 side
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he was "stupid" to invite people to analyse his reign after three months as he admitted his side are still playing catch-up with the Premier League's title contenders
Brendan Rodgers says that he wants to manage Liverpool for the next 20 years but also hopes to coach in Spain one day
Lukas Podolski says "hell will freeze over" before he leaves Arsenal to join north London rivals Tottenham
Harry Redknapp launched an astonishing rant on Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt following his side's 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, claiming he cannot "protect people who are about three stone overweight"
In the latest installment of our favourite quotes of the week, Scotland apparently doesn't like cricket, Sir Alex Ferguson still isn't a fan of the Spice Girls and Tyson Fury uses more foul language when talking about David Haye
It really is difficult to think of someone other than Mario Balotelli with such a huge gap between their brilliant ability and their questionable application but patience is required, writes Miguel Delaney
The obituaries for Andrea de Cesaris say he entered 214 Grands Prix but never won one - is this a record?
How the instant internet access to the own goals of Richard Dunne and missed sitters of Mario Balotelli killed a generation of Own Goals and Gaffes stars
When David Moyes gave Adnan Januzaj his debut 12 months ago he was repaid with two goals and one of the brightest starts a United player has had in years