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Geordan in Ireland's squad for opener

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Geordan Murphy has been included among the Ireland replacements for the opening match of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship, against France on Saturday (kick-off 5pm).

Coach Declan Kidney has selected Leinster’s Robert Kearney at full-back, while centre Brian O'Driscoll captains the team.

Ireland (v France, Croke Park, Saturday 5pm)
15 Robert Kearney (UCD, Leinster)
14 Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 Brian O'Driscoll (UCD, Leinster, captain)
12 Paddy Wallace (Ballymena, Ulster)
11 Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College, Leinster)
10 Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution, Munster)
9 Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin, Munster)
1 Marcus Horan (Shannon, Munster)
2 Jerry Flannery (Shannon, Munster)
3 John Hayes (Bruff, Munster)
4 Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution, Munster)
5 Paul O'Connell (Young Munster, Munster)
6 Stephen Ferris (Dungannon, Ulster)
7 David Wallace (Garryowen, Munster)
8 Jamie Heaslip (Naas, Leinster)

16 Rory Best (Banbridge, Ulster)
17 Tom Court (Malone, Ulster)
18 Malcolm O'Kelly (St Mary's College, Leinster)
19 Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution, Munster)
20 Peter Stringer (Shannon, Munster)
21 Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne, Leinster)
22 Geordan Murphy (Leicester Tigers)