Manager Brian O'Brien explained that the Russia RWC Qualifier game was the most important 'at this point in time' and understandably therefore the onus is on them to pick their strongest possible side for the Thomond game. The list of starters include Kevin Maggs, Denis Hickie and Rob Henderson in the backs, all of whom missed the summer tour to New Zealand.
The return of the back trio means that there will be some debate before the backline is decided on.
In the forwards, with Paul O'Connell out through injury, the line-up could be along similar lines to the side that started in Eden Park in June, O'Connell's place is likely to go to Malcolm O'Kelly.
Ireland Squad Girvan Dempsey (Leinster - Terenure College), John Kelly (Munster - Cork Constitution), Denis Hickie (Leinster - St. Mary's College), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Rob Henderson (Munster - Young Munster), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster - Blackrock College), David Humphreys (Ulster - Dungannon), Ronan O'Gara (Munster - Cork Constitution), Peter Stringer (Munster - Shannon), Guy Easterby (Llanelli).
Forwards: Reggie Corrigan (Leinster - Greystones), John Hayes (Munster - Shannon), Paul Wallace (Leinster - Blackrock College), Keith Wood (Harlequins), Shane Byrne (Leinster - Blackrock College), Gary Longwell (Ulster - Ballymena), Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster - St. Mary's College), Leo Cullen (Leinster - Blackrock College), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Anthony Foley (Munster - Shannon), Eric Miller (Leinster - Terenure College), Keith Gleeson (Leinster - St. Mary's College).
Not considered because of injury: Paul O'Connell (Munster - Young Munster), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), David Wallace (Munster - Garryowen), Anthony Horgan (Munster - Cork Constitution), Shane Horgan (Leinster - Lansdowne).
The Ireland team will be announced at 12 noon approx. on Tuesday next, September 3 following squad training.
Terrace tickets, priced 18, are on public sale. They can be purchased on-line through www.irishrugby.ie and collected from the IRFU officesat Lansdowne Road. Terrace tickets may also be purchased at the Munster Branch offices at Thomond Park and Musgrave Park (Monday to Friday) or usual Cork and Limerick outlets. Stand tickets are sold out.