Earls and Ferris in line to start against France in Paris on Saturday night

DECLAN Kidney can include Munster’s Keith Earls and Ulster’s Stephen Ferris in his plans for Ireland’s second Six Nations match against France this weekend.

The Irish coach will need all his best players in order to pull off an away victory and he’s been boosted by the news that Ferris has been cleared to play.

At a disciplinary hearing in London, the citing made against the Ulster star was considered but not upheld.

The independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Antony Davies (England) together with Douglas Hunter (Scotland) and John Doubleday (England) met to consider a citing complaint by Achille Reali (Italy) the independent Citing Commissioner appointed for the RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and Wales in Dublin at the weekend.

The Committee, after careful analysis of the video evidence and consideration of the player’s and his representative’s explanation of the tackle, did not uphold the citing.

Earls meanwhile has also rejoined the panel after a health scare over his baby daughter prevented him from lining out against Wales, but the tot is now back home and said to be doing fine.

After the disappointing start to Ireland’s 2012 campaign, former Leinster and Ireland star Girvan Dempsey isn’t expecting wholesale changes to be made by the Irish coach.