Ireland rugby team to play Wales – Kick off 2:30pm Saturday

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Updated: February 7, 2014
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Paul O’Connell and Gordon D’Arcy are the only changes to the Ireland rugby team to play Wales at the Aviva on  Saturday Kick Off 2:30pm

D’Arcy replaces Luke Marshall at inside centre.  He will partner Brian O’Driscoll in the Irish midfield for the 53rd time on Saturday with Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton named as the half-back pairing.

Paul O;Connell who was a late withdrawel will start ahead of his replacement Dan Tuohy.

The back three that provided two of Ireland’s tries against Scotland is retained with Rob Kearney at fullback and Dave Kearney and Andrew Trimble on the wings.

Highlights from today’s press conference can be viewed on IrishRugbyTV.

IRELAND Team & Replacements v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 
RBS 6 Nations Championship, Saturday 8th February kick-off 14.30 GMT

Player/Club/Province/Caps 

15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 50
14. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 51
13. Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) 129
12. Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 76
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 
10. Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92) 39
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 23

8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) 61
7. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster) 10
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 20
5. Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 88 capt
4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 11
3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster) 35
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 71
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 43

Replacements
16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 31
17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 4
18. Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster) 1
19. Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster) 8
20. Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster) 3
21. Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster) 18
22. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 6
23. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 22

Match betting from Boylesports.com

February 8th                                                       Home  Draw   Away                                                    

Ireland V Wales                                              3/4       22/1     6/5

Scotland V England                                         5/1       33/1     1/6

February 9th                                                    Home  Draw   Away

France V Italy                                                  1/50     66/1     16/1

Handicap Betting

8th February                            Draw

10/11 Ireland (-2)                   25/1                 10/11 Wales (+2)

10/11 Scotland (+10)              25/1                 10/11 England (-10)

9th February                            Draw

10/11 France (-20)                  25/1                 10/11 Italy (+20)

Six Nations 2014 – Tournament Outright

France 19/10

Wales 21/20

Ireland 10/3

England 4/1

Scotland 350/1

Italy 500/1

Six Nations 2014 – To Win The Grand Slam

No Winner 4/7

France 9/2

Wales 5/1

Ireland 7/1

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