The Ireland team to face England in Saturday’s Six Nations clash in the Aviva Stadium (KO: 5pm) has been named…

In all there are eight Leinster players in the starting XV.

Andrew Trimble comes into the team on the left wing, for his first start in this year’s Championship. Jonathan Sexton will start the game with Ronan O’Gara moving to the replacements.

Eoin Reddan has made good progress from the concussion he received in the game against Wales and will visit a neurologist this week to confirm he is fit to play.


15: Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster)
14: Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13: Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) CAPTAIN
12: Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11: Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
10: Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
9: Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

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: Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
7: David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
8: Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)


16: Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)
17: Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18: Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster)
19: Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
20: Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)
21: Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
22: Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)