Six Nations: Ireland's Jonathan Sexton misses Italy game
SIX NATIONS: ITALY V IRELAND
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Date: 16 March, 2013
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC HD and Online. Commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Ulster
Fly-half Jonathan Sexton will miss Ireland's Six Nations match against Italy after sustaining a foot injury during training on Thursday.
Sexton had originally been named in the starting team but just two hours after the team announcement it was revealed the Leinster man had been ruled out.
Ulster's Paddy Jackson, who deputised at number 10 against Scotland and France, will now start in Rome.
Ian Madigan, who made his debut against France, continues as a replacement.
Sexton's withdrawal is the latest in a long series of injuries Ireland coach Declan Kidney has had to contend with.
Kidney, whose future as coach is a matter of much speculation in the Irish media with his contract soon to expire, had referred to the latest Sexton injury when naming his selection at the team hotel in Dublin on Thursday.
Gilroy returns on the wing after overcoming the injury he suffered in the defeat by the Scots at Murrayfield, replacing McFadden who sustained rib damage in the clash with France last week.
The pack is unchanged from the eight that started against France with lock Donnacha Ryan being given a clean bill of health after taking a bang on his shoulder last Saturday.
Craig Gilroy is back in the Ireland team to play Italy in Rome
Conor Murray (knee) and Peter O'Mahony (dead leg) picked up knocks in
Saturday's 13-13 draw
but are playing this weekend.
Ireland's Six Nations campaign has been beset by injuries with regular starters Paul O'Connell, Tommy Bowe and Stephen Ferris ruled out before the start of the tournament along with Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss.
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