The news on Keith Wood still remains unclear. He did take a part in training yesterday but has still not been declared a certain starter. Frank Sheahan remains on standby as cover in the event that the Irish captain is ruled out. Shane Byrne will take over from Wood with Sheahan on the bench.
Ireland. Girvan Dempsey; John Kelly, Brian O'Driscoll, Kevin Maggs, Denis Hickie; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Reggie Corrigan, Keith Wood (Capt.), John Hayes; Gary Longwell, Malcolm O'Kelly, Simon Easterby, Keith Gleeson, Anthony Foley.