20 Jun, 09:20
Paul O'Connell is one of four Irish players named to start for the British and Irish Lions when they take on the Qantas Wallabies this Saturday in their first test.
In the backs, although Andrew Trimble has been declared fit, he shouldn't dislodge Fergus McFadden who, but for two wild passes, would have marked his debut with a brace of tries, and despite the criticism levelled at Tomas O'Leary, he should retain the number 9 shirt with Jonny Sexton as his half-back partner.
Calls for Cian Healy to be replaced will fall on deaf ears and rightly so, nor should Sean Cronin start ahead of Rory Best and the second row Munster partnership of O'Callaghan and O'Connell should remain the same.
Ireland (possible): L Fitzgerald; F McFadden, B O'Driscoll capt, G D'Arcy, K Earls; J Sexton, T O'Leary; C Healy, S Cronin, M Ross; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell; D Wallace, S O'Brien, J Heaslip. Replacements: S Cronin, T Court, L Cullen, D Leamy, E Reddan, R O'Gara, P Wallace.