Ireland team to play Italy, Kick off 8:30am Sunday

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Updated: September 30, 2011

Declan Kidney has named the Ireland team to play Italy Rugby World Cup Pool C match on Sunday kick off 8:30am.

There are eight changes to the team that played Russia in the last weekend with two surprise inclusions. Conor Murray is named at scrumhalf in place of Isaac Boss and Ronan O’Gara keeps his place ahead of Johnny Sexton.

The other changes see Tommy Bowe coming into the right wing in place of Fergus McFadden. Captain Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy in the centre and Keith Earls is moved to the left wing.

Rory Best and Mike Ross return to the starting front row with Paul O’Connell coming into the second row in place of Leo Cullen. The final change sees Stephen Ferris named in the back row instead of Donnacha Ryan.

IRELAND Team & Replacements (v Italy, 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C, Otago Stadium, Sunday, October 2, kick-off 8:30pm local time/8:30am Irish time):

15 – Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14 – Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) Captain
12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 – Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
10 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
9 – Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
6 – Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
7 – Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Replacements:
16 – Sean Cronin (Leinster)
17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18 – Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
19 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
20 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
21 – Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
22 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

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