9 Dec, 14:15
The Irish Rugby Football Union, in conjunction with Munster, Connacht, Leinster and Ulster Rugby, today launched a new concussion guide to educate those playing, supporting or officiating rugby.
In the absence of Paul O’Connell, Rory Best has been named as captain and he will lead out the team for the third time.
Munster’s Tomas O’Leary has been named on the bench as Eoin Reddan starts in the scrum half position in place of the injured Conor Murray.
Ronan O'Gara and Peter O'Mahony have also been named as replacements.
15 - Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 - Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
12 - Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
10 - Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
9 - Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
1 - Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 - Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt)
3 - Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 - Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
6 - Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
7 - Sean O'Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
8 - Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)
16 - Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
17 - Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
18 – Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers/Connacht)
19 – Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)
20 – Tomas O’Leary (Dolphin/Munster)
21 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
22 - Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)