Paul O'Connell returns to lead Ireland against Wales

1:30pm Thursday 6th February 2014

PAUL O'Connell has recovered from the chest infection that prevented him from lining up against Scotland and will lead Ireland against 6 Nations champions Wales on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.

Last week's late call-up to the starting XV, Dan Touhy resumes his place on the bench as O'Connell is the only change to the pack that started against Scotland.

The only other change to the side that started against the Scots sees Gordon D'Arcy replace Luke Marshall at inside centre. D'arcy 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.

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.

Irish team to face Wales: 15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster), 14. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster), 13. Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster), 12. Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster), 11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster), 10. Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92), 9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster), 8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster), 7. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster), 6. Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), 5. Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster), 4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), 3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), 2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster), 1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

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


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