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The BBc's Jim Neely
"There is a doubt about Kieron Dawson"
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Wednesday, 15 March, 2000, 14:13 GMT
Maggs drafted up for Irish

Maggs: Last played in Ireland's defeat to England
Winger Kevin Maggs has been named as a replacement for the injured Shane Horgan in Ireland's Six Nations side to face France in Paris on Sunday.

Horgan, who has scored three tries in first first two internationals, pulled out of the squad on Tuesday with knee ligament damage.
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His place on the right flank will be taken by Maggs, the Bath winger who has only just recovered from a hamstring problem himself.

He has not played since Ireland were pummelled by England in the opening game of the championship.

Warren Gatland made only one change to the side which steamrollered Italy in Dublin, Rob Henderson winning a place at inside centre ahead of Mike Mullins.

Henderson has come off the bench to great effect in Ireland's two recent record wins.

Rob Henderson
The Wasps centre has been rewarded for two fine displays as substitute
The Irish pack is unchanged although there is still a slight fitness worry over flanker Kieron Dawson, who has a hip injury.

Andy Ward has been promoted from the second string A team to give extra cover should Dawson not pass fit.

Ireland are seeking their first win over France since 1983 and their first victory in Paris since 1972.

Gatland said: "We'll be looking for a good performance and we are not putting any pressure on ourselves.

"Two years ago before the match in Paris there was a lot of talk about record defeats.

"But though we lost narrowly that day the team played with enormous spirit and guts and that is the way we aim to play on Sunday."

Their chances have been boosted by the growing number of injuries among the French squad.

Virtually the entire first-choice back-line will be sidelined; centre Thomas Lombard, winger Christophe Dominici, fly-half Christophe Lamaison, full-back Thomas Castaignede and scrum-half Fabien Galthie are all out.

Backs:
15-Girvan Dempsey; 14-Kevin Maggs, 13-Brian O'Driscoll, 12-Rob Henderson, 11-Denis Hickie; 10-Ronan O'Gara, 9-Peter Stringer;

Forwards:
8-Anthony Foley, 7-Kieron Dawson, 6-Simon Easterby, 5-Malcolm O'Kelly, 4-Mick Galwey, 3-John Hayes, 2-Keith Wood (captain), 1-Peter Clohessy.

Replacements:
16-Frank Sheahan, 17-Justin Fitzpatrick, 18-Paddy Johns, 19-Trevor Brennan (Andy Ward), 20-Guy Easterby, 21-David Humphreys, 22-Mike Mullins.
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