The Leicester club player wins his 21st cap on the left wing in placeofTyrone Howe. It is the only change on the Ireland team which defeatedEngland by 19 - 13 at Twickenham.
On the bench, MarcusHoran, who has missed Ireland's three RBS Six Nations games this seasonbecause ofa back injury, returns in place of Simon Best, while Donncha O'Callaghan, injured against Wales, is fit again and ispreferredto Gary Longwell.
The Ireland team to play Italy in the RBS Six Nations Championship inLansdowne Road on Saturday, March 20th, 2004 at 13.30hrs is asfollows:
15 - Girvan Dempsey (Leinster-Terenure College)14 - Shane Horgan (Leinster-Lansdowne)13 - Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster-Lansdowne)12 - Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster-Blackrock College) capt11 - Geordan Murphy (Leicester)10 - Ronan O'Gara (Munster-Cork Constitution)9 - Peter Stringer (Munster-Shannon)1 - Reggie Corrigan (Leinster-Greystones)2 - Shane Byrne (Leinster-Blackrock College)3 - John Hayes (Munster-Shannon)4 - Malcom O'Kelly (Leinster-St. Mary's College)
Not considered due to injury. Rob Henderson (Munster-YoungMunster) DenisHickie (Leinster-St. Mary's College) Anthony Horgan (Munster-CorkConstitution) Eric Miller (Leinster-Terenure College) Mike Mullins(Munster-Old Crescent) Alan Quinlan (Munster-Shannon).