Leo Cullen, who played against Russia in a Rugby World Cup qualifier nine years ago, is hoping to captain Ireland to their third victory in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Cullen is one of the four World Cup debutants in Declan Kidney's selected team, the others being winger Fergus McFadden and forwards Sean Cronin and Donnacha Ryan.
In all, there are ten changes, including one positional switch, to the Irish side that claimed an historic 15-9 victory over Australia in Auckland.
Keith Earls and Paddy Wallace form the centre partnership and Ronan O'Gara, who will be making his 114th appearance for Ireland, will be joined by Isaac Boss at half-back.
Tony Buckley and Sean Cronin have been added to the front row, Cullen and Donncha O'Callaghan combine in the second row and Nenagh man Ryan gets a chance to impress at blindside flanker.
Ireland have only played Russia once before at Test level, winning that World Cup qualifier in Krasnoyarsk on a 35-3 scoreline. O'Gara kicked 15 points that day, with Girvan Dempsey, Malcolm O'Kelly and former skipper Keith Wood (2) sharing out the tries.
The Russian team lining out in front of a capacity 26,000 attendance in Rotorua includes former Leinster and Ireland underage player Vasily Artemyev, who was actually coached by Cullen during his schooldays at Blackrock College.
Second row Adam Byrnes, who spent two seasons at Leinster, is another familiar name in the Bears' starting line-up.
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