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Paddy Wallace is flying after Irish call-up

Paddy Wallace is on a high today after being named in the Ireland team for the Pool C match against Russia tomorrow.

Wallace and his Ulster team-mates Andrew Trimble and Tom Court have been handed a golden opportunity to catch the eye of coach Declan Kidney ahead of next week's match with Italy.

Several senior players are being rested for tomorrow's battle (6am) but the 10 fresh faces in the starting line-up can make sure their own World Cup adventure takes off with a dazzling display.

Wallace's selection is poignant as the Ulster centre is finally rewarded with his first World Cup start in his third appearance at the tournament.

The 32-year-old was unused in 2003 and played only three minutes against Namibia in 2007.

Kidney said: "I always say to the lads, the easiest job here is playing one to 15. The difficult job is not being in the starting 15.

"What Paddy has contributed would be an example for every young player coming through of how to give to the squad without always wanting yourself.

"That's always the way he's been and he's approached his role probably way better than I'd be able to."

World Cup debutant Leo Cullen, one of eight Leinster players in the team, will become the third Irishman to be skipper in his tournament debut, after Donal Lenihan in 1987 and Dion O'Cuinneagain in 1999. Front line stars Rob Kearney, Cian Healy, Donncha O'Callaghan, Jamie Heaslip, Keith Earls and Sean O'Brien are in action but Rory Best drops to the bench and there is a new half-back combination in Ronan O'Gara and Isaac Boss.

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