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O'Mahony to return for Ireland at Six Nations vs. France

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The Canadian Press
3/13/2014 9:56:45 AM
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DUBLIN, Ireland -- Ireland made just one change to its starting lineup to take on France on Saturday in their Six Nations title-decider after Peter O'Mahony recovered from a hamstring injury.

O'Mahony had been sidelined from the 46-7 thrashing of Italy in Dublin last weekend. He returned at blindside flanker in place of Iain Henderson, who was relegated to the bench.

Ian Madigan is expected to make his first appearance of the season in the tournament, providing cover from the bench for flyhalf Johnny Sexton.

"Sometimes you make those replacements because of injury and sometimes to change up what you're doing," Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said. "I feel confident Ian's the right man to do those two things for us within the current squad."

Jordi Murphy kept a replacement role and Rhys Ruddock was left out of the squad as Ireland will be chasing its third win in 42 years in Paris.

The match will also mark Brian O'Driscoll's 141st and final test appearance. O'Driscoll will extend his Six Nations appearance record to 65 in his final international before his summer retirement.

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Ireland team: Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Dave Kearney, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Paul O'Connell, Peter O'Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip. Reserves: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden.

Peter O'Mahony (Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
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