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.
O'Gara hasn't played since returning from the summer tour to the southern hemisphere where he picked up a wrist injury playing in the second last game of the tour against Tonga.
The Team shows nine changes from that which defeated Italy by 61-6 at Thomond Park on Saturday last. Keith Wood returns at hooker to captain a side that also sees the inclusion of Geordan Murphy at full back; Anthony Horgan at right wing, Kevin Maggs at inside centre; Peter Stringer at half back; Malcolm O'Kelly and Paul O'Connell in the second row and David Wallace at N0. 6.
The Ireland team to play Scotland is:
15 - Geordan Murphy (Leicester) 14 - Anthony Horgan (Munster - Cork Constitution) 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 - Cork Constitution) 1 - Marcus Horan (Munster - Shannon) 2 - Keith Wood (Munster) Captain 3 - Reggie Corrigan (Leinster - Greystones) 4 - Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster - St. Mary's College) 5 - Paul O'Connell (Munster - Young Munster) 6 - David Wallace (Munster - Garryowen) 7 - Eric Miller (Leinster - Terenure College) 8 - Victor Costello (Leinster - St. Mary's College)
Replacements:16 - Shane Byrne (Leinster - Blackrock College), 17 - Simon Best (Ulster - Belfast Harlequins), 18 - Simon Easterby (Llanelli), 19 - Kieron Dawson (London Irish), 20 - Guy Easterby (Rotherham), 21 - David Humphreys (Ulster - Dungannon), 22 - Girvan Dempsey (Leinster - Terenure College).
Not considered because of injury: John Hayes (Munster - Shannon), Shane Horgan (Leinster - Lansdowne), John Kelly (Munster - Cork Constitution).