D'Arcy at centre for Ireland

Date published: November 22 2013


Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has recalled Gordon D'Arcy to his side that will take on New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has recalled inside centre Gordon D'Arcy to his side that will face New Zealand.

Jonathan Sexton has recovered from the injury he picked up last week and will start the game.

Brian O'Driscoll has also been passed fit to play and will equal Ronan O'Gara's haul of 128 caps for Ireland when he starts in Dublin on Sunday.

David Kearney is on the left wing in place of the injured Fergus McFadden while the pack remains unchanged from the one that faced Australia.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 David Kearney, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Paul O'Connell (capt), 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Declan Fitzpatrick, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Kevin McLaughlin, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Luke Fitzgerald.

Date: Sunday, November 24
Kick-off: 14:00 GMT
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Greg Garner (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)
Assessor: Donal Courtney (European Rugby Cup)