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Rugby Union: FAZ v BOD: WHERE GAME WILL BE WON .. AND LOST ..AND THE NEW MAN; England in a fighting mood for tonight's big showdown against Ireland Andy Farrell vs Brian O'Driscoll.

Experience: O'Driscoll is a former Lions captain who boasts 71 Ireland caps and a reputation as the best centre in rugby. Farrell has a CV to match - but compiled in rugby league. Today is only his third cap.

Power: FAZ is 7 kilos heavier and four inches taller but lacks the pace of BOD. FAZ unlocks doors and puts other through, BOD can do it all himself.

Defence: Both are excellent defenders but BOD holds a distinct edge when it comes to competing on the floor after the tackle.

Vision: Both can sniff out space not visible to the naked eye. Brilliant tacticians though BOD probably nicks it due to the instinctive understanding he has with centre pal Gordon D'Arcy.

Communication: FAZ is already England's midfield general and never stops cajoling and organising. BOD has to say less as the Irish backs know each other inside out.

Kicking: FAZ is a world class goal kicker and more than able out of hand. BOD tends to save boot on leather for one-on-one situations.

WHO IS David Strettle? Harlequins wing who came to rugby from football where he played striker or midfield for the academies at Crewe, Manchester City and Liverpool. Aged 23, 6ft tall and 13st 7lb. Has scored nine tries in 14 club games this season. Described by his coaches as 'unflustered'.


HARD CENTRES: The battle between England's Andy Farrell (left) and Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll could decide the outcome in Dublin tonight
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2007
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