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Kevin McLaughlin is the one new cap named in the Ireland team to play Italy this Saturday in Croke Park.

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The 25 year old Leinster player will start his first international alongside David Wallace and Jamie Heaslip in the Ireland backrow in the opening game of the 2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Andrew Trimble returns to the team after winning his last cap against England at Twickenham in March 2008.

Gordon D'Arcy renews his centre partnership with Brian O'Driscoll while Ronan O'Gara will earn his 94th cap partnering Tomas O'Leary.

Jerry Flannery starts at hooker alongside John Hayes and Cian Healy while Rory Best is named in the replacements following his recovery from injury.

Ireland Team & Replacements

1 - Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

2 - Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)

3 - John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)

4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)

5 - Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster)

6 - Kevin McLaughlin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

7 - David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)

8 - Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

9 - Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin/Munster)

10 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)

11 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

12 - Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)

14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

15 - Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)


16 - Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)

17 - Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)

18 - Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster)

19 - Sean O'Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)

20 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

21 - Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)

22 - Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

Unavailable due to injury:

Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)

Source Irish Independent

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