10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The 29-year-old New Zealander partners Brian O'Meara at half-back, with Guy Easterby dropping to the bench.
Brian O'Driscoll partners Felipe Contepomi who moves in from out-half, while Girvan Dempsey will also make his first start of the season.
Dempsey comes in for Denis Hickie who is named amongst a strong replacement line-up alongside Ricky Nebbett, Shane Jennings, Ben Gissing and hooker Brian Blaney.
Emmett Byrne returns to the front-row for Nebbett, while there are also starts for the recalled Leo Cullen and Aidan McCullen.
Coach Declan Kidney has also left a vacancy amongst the back replacements which will be confirmed closer to the game.Leinster: 15: Girvan Dempsey 14: Shane Horgan 13: Brian O'Driscoll 12: Felipe Contepomi 11: Gary Brown 10: David Holwell 9: Brian O'Meara 1: Reggie Corrigan (Captain) 2: Shane Byrne 3: Emmett Byrne 4: Malcolm O'Kelly 5: Leo Cullen 6: Aidan McCullen 7: Eric Miller 8: Victor Costello Replacements: 16: Ricky Nebbett 17: Brian Blaney 18: Ben Gissing 19: Shane Jennings 20: Guy Easterby 21: A.N. Other 22: Denis Hickie Referee: Nigel Williams (Wales)