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Ireland's O'Driscoll to play record 140th test vs. Italy

The Canadian Press

3/6/2014 9:20:53 AM

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Brian O'Driscoll will become the most-capped player in test rugby after being selected in Ireland's team for Saturday's Six Nations match against Italy.

The centre will make his 140th test appearance, beating the record he held jointly with former Australia scrumhalf George Gregan. Eight matches for the British and Irish Lions are included in O'Driscoll's total.

Jonathan Sexton has recovered from a thumb injury to keep his place at flyhalf.

The only change from the team that lost 13-10 to England at Twickenham in Round 3 sees Iain Henderson starting as blindside flanker, replacing the injured Peter O'Mahony.

Rhys Ruddock and Eoin Reddan are new faces on the bench.

Ireland is one of four teams with four points after three matches. The Irish finish the tournament at France.

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