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The Independent Online
Eric Miller, the 23-year-old Leicester flanker, is the only new cap in Ireland's team to play Italy at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. The team shows two changes from the one defeated by Australia last month, with Miller coming on at open-side flanker instead of Denis McBride, while Conor O'Shea replaces the injured Jim Staples at full-back.

IRELAND (v Italy, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Saturday): C O'Shea (London Irish); J Topping (Ballymena), J Bell (Northampton), M McCall (Dungannon), D Crotty (Garryowen); P Burke (Bristol), S McIvor (Garryowen); N Popplewell (Newcastle), K Wood (Harlequins, capt), P Wallace (Saracens), G Fulcher (London Irish), J Davidson (London Irish), D Corkery (Bristol), A Foley (Shannon), E Miller (Leicester). Replacements: D Humphreys (London Irish), N Hogan (Terenure College), D McBride (Malone), P Johns (Saracens), P Flavin (Blackrock College), A Clarke (Northampton).