12 Nov 2009

Ireland stick with familiar faces for Australia Test

5:56 am on 12 November 2009

Ireland's coach Declan Kidney has retained all but two of his grand slam-winning side for Sunday's rugby international against Australia.

The injured prop Marcus Horan and dropped centre Gordon D'Arcy are the only names absent from the team that won Ireland's first grand slam since 1948 with March's last-gasp victory over Wales.

The Leinster prop Cian Healy will make his debut in place of Horan after the Munster man was ruled out for the rest of the year with a head injury.

Ulster's utility back Paddy Wallace takes the place of Healy's Leinster team mate D'Arcy who has struggled for form with the Heineken Cup champions this season.