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O'Gara retains Ireland place

Ronan O'Gara continues at fly-half after Ireland named an unchanged team for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

O'Gara has been retained ahead of Jonathan Sexton following his man-of-the-match display in the 21-18 victory against Scotland.

The 34-year-old is just two short of accumulating 1,000 Test points after scoring a try and landing three conversions at Murrayfield.

Winning his 107th cap on Saturday, he is also two Tests adrift of equalling Mike Gibson's all-time championship appearance record of 56.

Eoin Reddan continues at scrum-half following a fine display against Scotland, keeping Tomas O'Leary out of the squad.

Captain Brian O'Driscoll, who will win his 111th cap, needs just one try to equal Ian Smith's all-time championship try-scoring record of 24.

Declan Kidney's side head to Cardiff, where they have lost just once since 1985, as marginal 11/10 underdogs following a mixed Six Nations undermined by on-field disciplinary issues and a high error-count.

For all their problems, Ireland retain a technical chance of winning the championship, though England's vastly superior points difference indicates it is well beyond them.

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

Replacements: S Cronin (Connacht), T Court (Ulster), L Cullen (Leinster), D Leamy (Munster), P Stringer (Munster), J Sexton (Leinster), P Wallace (Ulster).

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