The team contains several new combinations at international level for this IRB World Ranking game.
Munster's Keith Earls will start his first international for Ireland at full-back at his home ground and is the one new cap in the starting team.
He is joined in a youthful back-three by Tommy Bowe and Rob Kearney.
There is also a new midfield partnership in the team with Luke Fitzgerald and Ireland captain Brian Oâ00Driscoll linking up at centre. It will be O'Driscoll's 49th time to lead Ireland.
In the pack, Munster trio Marcus Horan, Jerry Flannery and Tony Buckley have all been selected in the front row, starting an international together for the first time.
Ulster's Stephen Ferris has been named on the blindside for the game alongside Shane Jennings on the other flank.
Jennings' Leinster team-mate Jamie Heaslip, starting at number 8, will continue where he left off during the summer tour.
The seven replacements for the game will be confirmed by Kidney on Thursday.
IRELAND TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v Canada, GUINNESS Series 2008, Thomond Park Stadium, Saturday, November 8, kick-off 5.15pm):
15 â00 Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
14 â00 Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 â00 Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
12 â00 Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)
11 â00 Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
10 â00 Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
9 â00 Eoin Reddan (London Wasps)
1 â00 Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster)
2 â00 Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
3 â00 Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster)
4 â00 Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 â00 Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
6 â00 Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
7 â00 Shane Jennings (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
8 â00 Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)
Replacements to be selected from the following eight players:
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster), John Hayes (Bruff/Munster), Ryan Caldwell (Dungannon/Ulster), Alan Quinlan (Shannon/Munster), David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster), Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster), Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster), Shane Horgan (Boyne/Leinster).
Tickets are still available for Ireland v Canada from the ticket offices at Thomond Park and Musgrave Park (10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).
Tickets will also be available on the day of the game from 12:30pm at the West side of the Stadium. Stand tickets - 40 Euro and 32 Euro. Terrace Tickets - 25 Euro.
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