Jerry Flannery who except for a club game, hasn't kicked a ball in anger since the November international against South Africa starts in the front row ahead of Rory Best, also returning from injury, who played for 40 minutes against the Saxons on Sunday.
If there is a surprise in the backline selection it's the preference for Andrew Trimble over Keith Earls while in the pack, Trimble's Ulster teammate Stephen Ferris is ruled out through injury. Jonathan Sexton was not available for selection as of Monday's training session.
Ireland: R Kearney, T Bowe, B O'Driscoll, G D'Arcy, A Trimble, R O'Gara, T O'Leary, C Healy, J Flannery, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, K McLaughlin, D Wallace, J Heaslip. Replacements: R Best, T Court, L Cullen, S O'Brien, E Reddan, P Wallace, K Earls.