Geordan Murphy is one player who will be disappointed not to see his name on the list, after returning from injury and impressing in his two games so far with Leicester Tigers. On that score, Eddie O'Sullivan feels, having watched him last weekend, that he needs a little more game time before he can be considered. With the doubt existing about Wood, and RWC 2003 ever on their minds, the Irish have named three vice-captains, Brian O'Driscoll, David Humphreys and Anthony Foley.
Backs: Peter Stringer (Munster/Shannon), Guy Easterby (Llanelli), Ronan O'Gara (Munster/Cork Constitution), David Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon) vice-captain, Kevin Maggs (Bath), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College) vice-captain, Denis Hickie (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College), Shane Horgan (Leinster/Lansdowne), John Kelly (Munster/Cork Constitution).
Forwards: Keith Wood (Harlequins) captain, Shane Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College), John Hayes (Munster/Shannon), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster/Greystones), Paul Wallace (Leinster/Blackrock College), Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Gary Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena), Leo Cullen (Leinster/Blackrock College), Anthony Foley (Munster/Shannon) vice-captain, Keith Gleeson (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Victor Costello (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Alan Quinlan (Munster/Shannon).