Jerry Flannery will be more than a little disappointed and rightly so, not to be starting but Keith Earls need not read anything negative into being in the 15-22 rather than 1-15. It's not that his time has come and gone. It's here and now and just as Kidney would have been happy to introduce him from the bench last May against Toulouse he will will have no qualms about throwing him in against Carter and Co should the need arise.
Meanwhile the All Blacks selectors have gone for their strongest team for Saturday night's game. They have a back three of Mils Muliaina Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu. Dan Carter is back in residence at number 10 with Jimmy Cowen preferred as his half-back partner ahead of Piri Weepu.
Up front, Ali Williams is set to play his third consecutive test match and is partnered by Brad Thorn in a pack that of course includes arguably the finest open-side of the modern game, Richie McCaw.
The New Zealand tour party arrives in Limerick on Sunday ahead of their match against Munster on Tuesday.
Ireland: G Dempsey (Leinster); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O'Driscoll (Leinster) capt, L Fitzgerald (Leinster), R Kearney (Leinster); R O'Gara (Munster), T O'Leary (Munster); M Horan (Munster), R Best (Ulster), J Hayes (Munster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), P O'Connell (Munster), A Quinlan (Munster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster). Replacements: J Flannery (Munster), T Buckley (Munster), S Ferris (Ulster), S Jennings (Leinster), E Reddan (Wasps), P Wallace (Ulster), K Earls (Munster)
New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Joe Rokocoko, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Neemia Tialata; Brad Thorn, Ali Williams; Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw capt, Rodney So'oialo, Replacements: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Kieran Read, Piri Weepu, Stephen Donald, Isaia Toeava