Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Six Nations 2014 / News
Ireland v Italy
Jonathan Sexton starts for Ireland
ESPN Staff
March 6, 2014
Jonathan Sexton starts for Ireland © PA Photos

Ireland have made one change for Italy with Iain Henderson starting at blindside while Jonathan Sexton has recovered from a thumb injury to keep the fly-half berth.

Racing Metro suggested Sexton was facing a spell between 10 days and six weeks on the sidelines but he has seemingly recovered from the injury he sustained against England and starts at No.10.

"It was a sprained thumb, he finished the [England] game," Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said. "There was bruising, and it's gone. Look, I think one of the things is there's a bit of distance.

"There were some discussions with [Racing coach] Laurent Labit who was not in the country. Racing have been pretty good value, they understand Johnny's a pretty important shared resource."

The only change to the Ireland side comes at blindside with Henderson stepping in for the injured Peter O'Mahony. Rhys Ruddock is named on the bench alongside Eoin Reddan who replaces Isaac Boss.

"If this was the last game of the Six Nations we might have risked Peter," Schmidt said of O'Mahony. "But there was a risk. He didn't train today, and that was the difference. If he'd trained fully we would have included him but he wasn't able. I'd be really confident for him about Paris next week."

Brian O'Driscoll keeps the No.13 shirt and will become the world's most-capped player when he wins is 140th cap on Saturday.


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), Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Rhys Ruddock, Jordi Murphy, Eoin Reddan, Paddy Jackson, Fergus McFadden

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Formula 1

    I'm paying attention to Rosberg - Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton says he is not paying attention to title rival Nico Rosberg's attempts to get in his head and is determined to do his talking on the track when he races for his second world title on Sunday in Abu Dhabi

  • Formula 1

    Rosberg: The pressure is on Lewis

    Nico Rosberg insists the pressure is on Lewis Hamilton ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi on Sunday

  • Football

    Van Gaal: United too sloppy in possession

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes there is plenty of room for improvement from his side, despite leading them to their first away win of the season at Arsenal

  • Golf

    Cullen surges to end Scott's hat-trick hopes

    Australian lefthander Nick Cullen shot a 3-under 69 to win the Australian Masters by one stroke over Adam Scott, ending Scott's attempt for a third consecutive victory in the tournament

  • Boxing

    Dominant Pacquiao pummels Algieri to retain title

    The great Manny Pacquiao did everything he could possibly do against Chris Algieri other than get a knockout in a one-sided thrashing to retain his welterweight world title

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!