At out-half, Ronan O'Gara replaces David Humphreys; at N0. 7, Keith Gleeson comes in for the injured Alan Quinlan and Anthony Foley, not considered because of injury against Namibia and Argentina, returns at N0. 8 in place of Victor Costello.
Costello (thigh) was the only player not considered because of injury.
Peter Stringer will equal the most capped record by a scrum half, held by Michael Bradley (1984 - 1995) by playing in his 40th Test against Australia.
- Ireland's record against Australia is: Played 22, Won 7, Drawn 0, Lost 15, Points for - 281, Points against - 446.
The Ireland team to play Australia is:
15 - Girvan Dempsey (Leinster - Terenure College);
14 - Shane Horgan (Leinster - Lansdowne)
13 - Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster - Blackrock College)
12 - Kevin Maggs (Bath)
11 - Denis Hickie (Leinster - St. Mary's College)
10 - Ronan O'Gara (Munster - Cork Constitution)
9 - Peter Stringer (Munster - Shannon)
1 - Reggie Corrigan (Leinster - Greystones)
2 - Keith Wood (Munster - Garryowen) Captain
3 - John Hayes (Munster - Shannon)
4 - Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster - St. Mary's College)
5 - Paul O'Connell (Munster - Young Munster)
6 - Simon Easterby (Llanelli)
7 - Keith Gleeson (Leinster - St. Mary's College)
8 - Anthony Foley (Munster - Shannon)
16 - Shane Byrne (Leinster - Blackrock College)
17 - Marcus Horan (Munster - Shannon)
18 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster - Cork Constitution)
19 - Eric Miller (Leinster - Terenure College)
20 - Guy Easterby (Rotherham)
21 - David Humphreys (Ulster - Dungannon)
22 - John Kelly (Munster - Cork Constitution)