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Injuries force Ireland rethink

Ireland have delayed their team announcement for their RBS 6 Nations clash with England by 48 hours until Friday lunchtime as they assess their walking wounded.

Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Keith Earls, Rob Kearney, Mike Ross and Peter O'Mahony sustained knocks in Saturday's 30-22 victory over Wales but are expected to participate in training this week.

The biggest doubt hangs over Earls, who will see a specialist in the coming days for a prognosis on his shoulder problem.

Ireland host England on Sunday in a match that could determine the winners of the Six Nations following France's shock 23-18 defeat by Italy in Rome.

The rivals enter the Aviva Stadium showdown on the back of convincing opening-day victories, although the Irish took a battering in a ferocious second half at Millennium Stadium.

Crucially, however, they returned home with a momentum-building triumph that ended a run of three successive defeats by Wales.

Toppling England would give their hopes of repeating their 2009 Grand Slam serious credibility with France also due to visit the Aviva Stadium.

"It was a very physical game, real Six Nations stuff which you expect when you come to Cardiff," O'Driscoll said.

"We'd lost the last three to Wales and we just felt as though we needed to stop the rot.

"It's a great day, a good start for us in this Six Nations. It puts us in a good place with England to come next week."


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