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Kearney named in Irish team for Saturday's Six Nations encounter with England

The 31-year-old can claim his second Grand Slam title with victory

Caoimhín Reilly

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Kearney named in Irish team for Saturday's Six Nations encounter with England

Rob Kearney.

Rob Kearney will earn his 82nd cap on Saturday when he lines out at full-back for Ireland against England at Twickenham.

A win for Joe Schmidt's side would see the Irish claim the Grand Slam for only the second time since 1948. It would also mark the second Grand Slam success of Kearney's career following his part in the 2009 win.

Last weekend's victory over Scotland, coupled with the English defeat in Paris, saw Ireland claim the Six Nations title, the fourth of Kearney's career. The Leinster man was awarded Man of the Match for his performance.

In all, Schmidt has opted for seven Leinster players in his starting XV for the match in London.

Ireland squad vs England, Saturday, March 17 
15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 82 caps
14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 66 caps
13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)
12 Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 6 caps
11. Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 8 caps
10. Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 72 caps
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 63 caps
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 77 caps
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 110 caps Captain
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 22 caps
4. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 7 caps
5. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 37 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 46 caps
7. Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 8 caps
8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 22 caps

Replacements
16. Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 60 caps
17. Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 46 caps
18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 6 caps
19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 57 caps
20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
19 caps 21. Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)
20 caps 22. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster)
9 caps 23. Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 2 caps