British Lions return for Ireland vs Australia
DUBLIN (AP) — Four members of the British Lions squad that won a series in Australia this summer have been drafted back into Ireland’s starting lineup for Saturday’s match against the Wallabies at Lansdowne Road.
Paul O’Connell returns to the second row as captain, Jonny Sexton is back at flyhalf while flanker Sean O’Brien and prop Cian Healy are also brought in after starting on the bench for the 40-9 victory over Samoa on Saturday.
There are two other changes, with Eoin Reddan starting ahead of Conor Murray at scrumhalf and Luke Marshall replacing Gordon D’Arcy at inside center.
Connell hasn’t start for Ireland since March 2012.
Team: Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Luke Marshall, Fergus McFadden, Johnny Sexton, Eoin Reddan, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony, Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross, Rory Best, Cian Healy. Reserves: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Stephen Archer, Mike McCarthy, Kevin McLaughlin, Conor Murray, Ian Madigan, Robbie Henshaw.