That change aside, the only other one from the side that defeated Argentina sees Denis Hickie return to the starting line-up after being ruled out of the Argentine game by an injury picked up in the match against Australia. John Kelly replaced Hickie and he is the one who misses out this time with his place in the squad going to Geordan Murphy.
The Ireland squad fly out today from Dublin Airport for a destination where they haven't won since 1985.
The Irish team to play Scotland in the Royal Bank of Scotland Six Nations Championship at Murrayfield on Sunday, February 16th (k.o. 3:00pm) is,
Girvan Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College), Shane Horgan (Leinster/Lansdowne), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College) Captain, Kevin Maggs (Bath), Denis Hickie (Leinster/ St. Mary's College); David Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon), Peter Stringer (Munster/Shannon);Reggie Corrigan (Leinster/Greystones), Shane Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College), John Hayes (Munster/Shannon); Gary Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena), Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster/St. Mary's College); Victor Costello (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Keith Gleeson (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Anthony Foley (Munster/Shannon).
Replacements: 16 - Frank Sheahan (Munster/Cork Constitution), 17 - Marcus Horan (Munster/Shannon), 18 - Leo Cullen (Leinster/Blackrock College), 19 - Alan Quinlan (Munster/Shannon), 20 - Guy Easterby (Llanelli), 21 - Paul Burke (Harlequins), 22 - Geordan Murphy (Leicester).
Not considered because of injury: Keith Wood (Harlequins), David Wallace (Munster/Garryowen), Paul Wallace (Leinster/Blackrock College), Paul O'Connell (Munster/Young Munster), Emmet Byrne (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Justin Bishop (London Irish), Jonathon Bell (Ulster/Dungannon), Tyrone Howe (Ulster/Dungannon), Ronan O'Gara (Munster/Cork Constitution).