FLYING Munster man Keith Earls has been returned to the starting line-up for Ireland’s must win clash against France in the Six Nations this Saturday.
Earls, from Moyross, had been ruled out of selection for the opener against Wales because of an illness to his daughter, which has now cleared up. He is the only change to Declan Kidney’s starting 15 from the disappointing loss to Wales last Sunday.
The Limerick man’s return means Fergus McFadden moves to the bench in place of David Kearney.
Ulster’s Stephen Ferris has also been included having been cleared to play by Six Nations disciplinary chiefs at a hearing in London.