Rugby Union: Ireland rely on same squad

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IRELAND'S team to play England in the Five Nations' Championship will be named later this week after the 23-man squad originally selected for Saturday's match against Wales was selected again.

The Shannon lock Mick Galwey, the only man left out of the final party for Saturday's 30-21 defeat by Wales, was included along with the 22 on duty at Lansdowne Road.

Malcolm O'Kelly returns from international duty to boost London Irish's efforts to climb away from the Allied Dunbar Premiership One relegation zone when they face Gloucester this evening. O'Kelly will play alongside the captain, Nick Harvey, in the second row, with Gabriel Fulcher on the replacements' bench.

Niall Woods comes in at full-back for Conor O'Shea (cheek injury), while David Charles is on the left wing instead of Woods in the only two changes from the side which beat Wasps 38-19 last week.

Gloucester will be without their England A wing, Brian Johnson, after he suffered concussion against Scotland A on Friday. Audley Lumsden replaces him, while the lock Mark Cornwell (back) and Phil Vickery (shoulder) are both absent.

Dave Sims - who makes his first League appearance since dislocating his shoulder last November - and Andy Deacon are in the starting line-up.

IRELAND SQUAD: Backs: C Clarke (Terenure College), R Wallace (Saracens), D Hickie (St Mary's College), M McCall (London Irish), K Maggs (Bristol), R Henderson (Wasps), D Humphreys (London Irish), E Elwood (Galwegians), C McGuinness (St Mary's College), B O'Meara (Cork Constitution). Forwards: R Corrigan (Greystones), P Wallace (Saracens), N Popplewell (Newcastle), P Clohessy (Young Munster), K Wood (Harlequins), R Nesdale (Newcastle), P Johns (Saracens), M O'Kelly (London Irish), M Galwey (Shannon), E Miller (Leicester), D Corkery (Bristol), V Costello (St Mary's College), A Ward (Ballynahinch).

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