O'Gara retained in unchanged team
March 1, 2000

Warren Gatland has named an unchanged side for Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy on Saturday.

Gatland has resisted the claims of David Humphreys for the No.10 shirt after the Dungannon player's heroics as a replacement against the Scots.

O'Gara, who was replaced in the second half of that game had a good run out for Cork Constitution in their win over Lansdowne last Saturday and will start his second successive test. Humphreys is named amongst the replacements, as is Dion O'Cuinneagain and paddy Johns, who both played against Scotland 'A' two weeks ago.

Full back Girvan Dempsey has recovered from his broken nose, allowing Mike Mullins to return to the centre where he will partner Brian O'Driscoll.
The Ireland 'A' side has also been announced with Leicester's Gordan Murphy due to make his first start at that level, on the wing.

Ireland team: 15 -Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College); 14 -Shane Horgan (Lansdowne), 13 -Brian O'Driscoll (Blackrock College), 12 -Mike Mullins (Young Munster), 11 -Denis Hickie (St. Mary's College); 10 -Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution), 9 -Peter Stringer (Shannon);
1 - Peter Clohessy (Young Munster), 2 - Keith Wood (Garryowen) captain, 3 - John Hayes (Shannon), 4 -Mick Galwey (Shannon), 5 -Malcolm O'Kelly (St. Mary's College), 6 -Simon Easterby (Llanelli), 7 -Kieron Dawson (London Irish), 8 -Anthony Foley (Shannon).
Replacements: 16 -Frank Sheahan (Cork Constitution), 17 -Justin Fitzpatrick (Dungannon), 18 -Paddy Johns (Dungannon), 19 -Dion O'Cuinneagain (Ballymena), 20 -Guy Easterby (Ebbw Vale), 21 -David Humphreys (Dungannon), 22 Rob Henderson (Wasps).
Ireland 'A': 15 - Dominic Crotty (Garryowen); 14 - Geordan Murphy (Leicester), 13 - John Kelly (Cork Constitution), 12 - Killian Keane (Garryowen), 11 -Tyrone Howe (Dungannon); 10 - Eric Elwood (Galwegians), 9 - Derek Hegarty (Terenure College); 1 - Marcus Horan (Shannon), 2 - Shane Byrne (Blackrock College) captain, 4 - Mick O'Driscoll (Cork Constitution), 5 - Leo Cullen (Blackrock College), 6 - Andy Ward (Ballynahinch), 7 - David Wallace (Garryowen), 8 - Eric Miller (Terenure College).
Replacements: 16 - Allen Clarke (Dungannn), 17 - Reggie Corrigan (Lansdowne), 18 - Mark Blair (Ballymena), 19 - Alan Quinlan (Shannon), 20 - Brian O'Meara (Cork Constitution), 21 - Emmet Farrell (Blackrock College), 22 - Sheldon Coulter (Belfast Harlequins).

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