O'Gara hasn't played since returning from the summer tour to the southern hemisphere where he picked up a wrist injury playing in the second last game of the tour against Tonga. Inexplicibly, O'Gara was selected for the next game against Samoa and played with a heavily bandaged arm, with a later diagnosis showing that he had in fact a broken bone which necessitated surgery to correct.
His Munster colleague John Kelly was not considered after damaging a rib cartilage in the game against Italy. The player himself is hopeful that he will be able to resume training in 2-3 weks time, by which time he will already have been named in Eddie O'Sullivan's RWC squad after yet another impressive performance in the green jersey. Kelly scored a fine try and set up the score for Denis Hickie when he ran the ball out of his own 22 before linking with Hickie who ran in from half-way.
The Ireland squad from which the team to play Scotland will be chosen is:
Simon Best (Ulster Belfast Harlequins), Shane Byrne (Leinster Blackrock College), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster Greystones), Victor Costello (Leinster St. Mary s College), Kieron Dawson (London Irish), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Marcus Horan (Munster Shannon), Eric Miller (Leinster Terenure College), Paul O Connell (Munster Young Munster), Malcolm O Kelly (Leinster St. Mary s College), David Wallace (Munster Garryowen), Keith Wood (Munster);
Girvan Dempsey (Leinster Terenure College), Guy Easterby (Rotherham), Denis Hickie (Leinster St. Mary s College), Anthony Horgan (Munster Cork Constitution), David Humphreys (Ulster Dungannon), Brian O Driscoll (Leinster Blackrock College), Ronan O Gara (Munster Cork Constitution), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Peter Stringer (Munster Shannon).
Additional players for training:
Jonathan Bell (Ulster-Dungannon), Emmet Byrne (Leinster St. Mary s College), Gordon Darcy (Leinster-Lansdowne), Anthony Foley (Munster-Shannon), Tyrone Howe (Ulster-Dungannon), Rob Henderson (Munster-Garryowen), Donncha O Callaghan (Munster-Cork Constitution), Alan Quinlan (Munster-Shannon).