Rugby Union: Ireland retain same team

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The Independent Online
IRELAND will field an unchanged team in their next Five Nations' Championship game, against Wales at Lansdowne Road on Saturday week.

The new coach, Warren Gatland, has stuck by the squad which performed so well against France in Paris last Saturday, when they lost 18-16 despite being the 33-1 outsiders. The only alteration is the addition to the replacement's panel of Eric Miller of Leicester and Mark McCall of London Irish.

Miller was not considered for the French match because of a chest infection while McCall, who was suffering with bruised ribs, takes the places of Michael Lynch (Young Munster). A final decision on the composition of the seven-man replacements' panel will not be made until next week. The squad will assemble in Limerick next Sunday.