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Six Nations: O'Gara replaces Sexton in Ireland team

RBS Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland
Venue: Murrayfield Date: Sunday 27 February Kick-off: 1500 GMT
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Ronan O'Gara comes into the Ireland team at the expense of dropped fly-half Jonathan Sexton
Ronan O'Gara comes into the Ireland team at the expense of dropped fly-half Jonathan Sexton

Ireland's record points scorer Ronan O'Gara has won back the number 10 shirt from Jonathan Sexton for Sunday's Six Nations clash against Scotland.

Leinster star Sexton had started in the matches against Italy and France.

Ospreys winger Tommy Bowe replaces Fergus McFadden after missing the first two matches because of a knee injury.

The only other change from the defeat at home to France sees Eoin Reddan come in at scrum-half for Tomas O'Leary who has been suffering from a back strain.

O'Gara will win his 106th cap as he makes his first start since facing Samoa in November.

The 33-year-old Munster fly-half made an impact from the bench against Italy, when he landed the match-winning drop-goal, and France.

While Sexton may feel he has done little wrong, Ireland will be hoping O'Gara's return inspires confidence in a side that has been error-prone so far during the Six Nations.

Bowe played for the Ospreys in their Magners League win over Treviso.

Donncha O'Callaghan is named in the second row where he will win his 70th cap for Ireland, while Brian O'Driscoll will captain the team for the 73rd time.

Stephen Ferris has been ruled out of the game with Scotland and is expected to see a specialist on Friday as he struggles to overcome a troublesome knee injury.

The Ulster flanker has not yet been ruled out of the matches against Wales and England in mid-March.

Ireland secured a narrow win over Italy in their opening Six Nations match and were then defeated by France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.


Ireland: L Fitzgerald, T Bowe, B O'Driscoll (cpt), G D'Arcy, K Earls, R O'Gara, E Reddan; C Healy, R Best, M Ross, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, S O'Brien, D Wallace, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, T Court, L Cullen, D Leamy, P Stringer, J Sexton, P Wallace.



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see also
Jackson replaces Parks for Scots
23 Feb 11 |  Scottish
Ferris ruled out of Scotland game
18 Feb 11 |  Ulster
Ireland 22-25 France
13 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Italy 11-13 Ireland
05 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union


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