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Sexton and Reddan start for Ireland

Jonathan Sexton and Eoin Reddan have been recalled for Ireland's showdown with New Zealand at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The Leinster half-backs return to the starting line-up after being replaced by Ronan O'Gara and Peter Stringer for last weekend's 20-10 victory over Samoa.

Sexton and Reddan were selected for the autumn opener, a 23-21 defeat by South Africa, but toiled behind a struggling pack.

Head coach Declan Kidney has reverted en masse to the side that succumbed to the Springboks, except for one injury-enforced change.

Tony Buckley is out with a hip problem, so Ulster prop Tom Court switches to tighthead after starting against Samoa at loosehead.

Rob Kearney returns at full-back after recovering from the knee injury sustained against South Africa, so Luke Fitzgerald reverts back to the left wing.

Paddy Wallace makes way for Gordon D'Arcy at inside centre, while Mick O'Driscoll has been given the nod ahead of Devin Toner and will resume his second-row partnership with Donncha O'Callaghan.

In the back row, Kidney has opted for the tried-and-tested trio of Stephen Ferris, David Wallace and Jamie Heaslip, with Denis Leamy offering cover from the bench.

Ireland team: R Kearney (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O'Driscoll (Leinster, capt), G D'Arcy (Leinster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster); J Sexton (Leinster), E Reddan (Leinster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), T Court (Ulster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), M O'Driscoll (Munster), S Ferris (Ulster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster).

Replacements: S Cronin (Connacht), J Hayes (Munster), D Toner (Leinster), D Leamy (Munster), P Stringer (Munster), R O'Gara (Munster), K Earls (Munster).

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