Six Nations 2013: Ireland coach Declan Kidney keeps winning formula

Six Nations 2013: Ireland head coach Declan Kidney sticks with the same side which beat Wales for England clash in Dublin on Sunday

Ireland head coach Declan Kidney has opted to stick with the side that beat Wales for Sunday’s Six Nations encounter against England.

Kidney did have concerns over centre Gordon D’Arcy, who was struggling with a dead leg, and flanker Peter O’Mahony, who suffered concussion during last Saturday’s win in Cardiff.

But both, along with replacement Keith Earls, who had a shoulder problem, have been deemed fit to take part in Dublin as both sides bid for a second straight Six Nations victory.

Flanker Sean O’Brien, prop Mike Ross and full-back Rob Kearney have also shrugged off knocks picked up in the 30-22 win at the Millennium Stadium.

“I expect Saturday’s game to be another level up as both teams have a game under their belt,” said Kidney.

“The players have recovered pretty well from the Wales game. We took 48 hours off after the match and have toned down training since.

Gordon, Peter and Sean all trained fully this morning so we don’t envisage there being any changes.”

Jamie Heaslip will captain Ireland for the fourth time while Brian O’Driscoll, man of the match against Wales, will set a new Championship record with his 57th start.

Ireland starting line-up for England clash:

Rob Kearney (Leinster); Craig Gilroy (Ulster), Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Simon Zebo (Munster); Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster); Cian Healy (Leinster), Rory Best (Ulster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Sean O’Brien (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster) captain.

Replacements:

Sean Cronin (Leinster), David Kilcoyne (Munster), Declan Fitzpatrick (Ulster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Ronan O’Gara (Munster), Keith Earls (Munster).

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