Ronan O'Gara has been named on the bench with David Humphreys preferred as starter in the pivotal number 10 position.
15 - Girvan Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College) 14 - Geordan Murphy (Leicester) 13 - Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College) Captain 12 - Kevin Maggs (Bath) 11 - Denis Hickie (Leinster/St. Mary's College) 10 - David Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon) 9 - Peter Stringer (Munster/Shannon)
1 - Marcus Horan (Munster/Shannon) 2 - Shane Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College) 3 - John Hayes (Munster/Shannon) 4 - Gary Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena) 5 - Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster/St. Mary's College) 6 - Victor Costello (Leinster/St. Mary's College) 7 - Keith Gleeson (Leinster/St. Mary's College) 8 - Anthony Foley (Munster/Shannon)
Replacements: 16 - Frank Sheahan (Munster/Cork Constitution), 17 - Justin Fitzpatrick (Ulster/Dungannon), 18 - Leo Cullen (Leinster/Blackrock College), 19 - Alan Quinlan (Munster/Shannon), 20 - Guy Easterby (Llanelli), 21 - Ronan O'Gara (Munster/Cork Constitution), 22 - A.N. Other
Players not considered because of injury: Jonathon Bell (Ulster/Dungannon), Justin Bishop (London Irish), Emmet Byrne (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster/Lansdowne), Shane Horgan (Leinster/Lansdowne), Tyrone Howe (Ulster/Dungannon), Paul O'Connell (Munster/Young Munster), David Wallace (Munster/Garryowen), Paul Wallace (Leinster/Blackrock College), Keith Wood (Harlequins).