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Ireland pick full-strength squad

Ulster's Paddy Wallace
Paddy Wallace had to retire injured during the match against Italy in Rome

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has been able to name a full-strength 36-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations clash against England.

Centre Paddy Wallace is included after having stitches in his right eyelid following his injury against Italy.

And with no fresh injury concerns, Kidney can pick from strength.

The most significant omission from the enlarged squad is Malcolm O'Kelly, who was on the bench for Ireland's opening two Six Nations games.

O'Kelly came on as a late replacement for Paul O'Connell in Rome but the veteran lock, who played for Leinster against the Scarlets on Saturday, now appears to have dropped down the pecking order.

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Munster players Ian Dowling and Donnacha Ryan are left out after being named in the 39-man squad for the opening win over France while Harlequins prop Michael Ross also loses out.

But prop Tony Buckley is included in the 36-man squad which will be reduced when the team and replacements for the England game are announced on Tuesday.

Major change from the win over Italy seems extremely unlikely with Kidney's main selection call likely to be whether Wallace or Gordon D'Arcy partners captain Brian O'Driscoll at centre.

Ireland Squad

Backs: Tommy Bowe (Ospreys), Darren Cave (Ulster), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Keith Earls (Munster), Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster), Shane Horgan (Leinster), Robert Kearney (Leinster), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Eoin Reddan (Wasps), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster), Ronan O'Gara (Munster), Tomas O'Leary (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) Peter Stringer (Munster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Paddy Wallace (Ulster)

Forwards: Rory Best (Ulster), Tony Buckley (Munster), Bob Casey (London Irish), Ryan Caldwell (Ulster), Tom Court (Ulster), Stephen Ferris (Ulster), Jerry Flannery (Munster), John Hayes (Munster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Marcus Horan (Munster), Bernard Jackman (Leinster), Shane Jennings (Leinster) Denis Leamy (Munster) Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster) Paul O'Connell (Munster) Mick O'Driscoll (Munster) Alan Quinlan (Munster) David Wallace (Munster)

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Ireland 30-21 France
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