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Wolfhounds Can Bite Saxons

28th January 2012 By jess

Wolfhounds Can Bite Saxons

The last time the Saxons and Wolfhounds met was round about this time last year in Ravenhill, with Ireland Wolfhounds winning 20-11 and all the signs are that they can repeat that in Sandy Lane, Exeter this evening (5pm).

Eight of those involved in that Ravenhill victory are in the starting line-up while newcomers include Munster pair Simon Zebo and prop Stephen Archer.

With no previous form this season to go by, the relative well being of the sides can only be gauged by recent Heineken Cup action in which case the Wolfhounds go into this game with greater momentum.

Eleven Saxons saw their European odyssey end last weekend whereas Eric Elwood's starting XV include eleven who cemented a place in the quarter finals and the other four, Connacht's Gavin Duffy, Brett Wilkinson, Mike McCarthy and John Muldoon, ended the hopes of Conor O'Shea's all-singing, all-dancing Harlequins.

Ian Keatley was on the bench last year and he starts today while try scorer Denis Hurley started on the wing last year and his contribution will come off the bench this time around.

Ireland Wolfhounds: G Duffy; D Kearney, E O'Malley, N Spence, S Zebo; Ian Keatley, I Boss; B Wilkinson, D Varley, S Archer; D Tuohy, M McCarthy; J Muldoon, C Henry (capt), R Ruddock. Replacements: M Sherry, R Loughney, D Toner, K McLaughlin, T O'Leary, I Madigan, D Hurley.

England Saxons: D Armitage; U Monye, M Hopper, B Twelvetrees, M Banahan; F Burns, B Spencer; M Mullan (Worcester), J Gray, P Doran-Jones, M Garvey, G Robson, J Gaskell (capt), A Saull, T Waldrom. Replacements: C Brooker, R Harden, K Myall, T Johnson, P Hodgson, R Lamb, J May.

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