Dublin prepares to welcome record-breaker BOD

Brian O’Driscoll is to set a new all-time Test appearances record of 140 caps in his penultimate international bow today, easing past former Australia scrum-half George Gregan’s tally.

Dublin prepares to welcome record-breaker BOD

Brian O’Driscoll is to set a new all-time Test appearances record of 140 caps in his penultimate international bow today, easing past former Australia scrum-half George Gregan’s tally.

The 35-year-old will turn out at the Aviva Stadium for his 52nd and final international appearance in Dublin, also notching a new RBS 6 Nations caps record of 64 in the process.

Back-five forward Iain Henderson replaces the injured Peter O’Mahony at blindside flanker, the 22-year-old Ulsterman winning his first Six Nations start.

Italy have refused to risk back-row trailblazers Sergio Parisse and Alessandro Zanni, so lock Marco Bortolami captains the Azzurri for his 103rd cap.

Ireland: R. Kearney, Trimble, O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, D. Kearney, Sexton, Murray, Healy, Best, Ross, Toner, O’Connell, Henderson, Henry, Heaslip.

Replacements: Cronin, McGrath, Moore, Ruddock, Murphy, Reddan, Jackson, McFadden.

Italy: McLean, Esposito, Campagnaro, Garcia, Sarto, Orquera, Tebaldi, De Marchi, Ghiraldini, Castrogiovanni, Geldenhuys, Bortolami, Furno, Derbyshire, Barbieri.

Replacements: Giazzon, Rizzo, Cittadini, Pavanello, Vosawai, Gori, Allan, Masi.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales).

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