12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
This is a welcome and timely return following a long road back from injury. Brian O'Driscoll and Shane Horgan are rested.
Ulster have also named their squad. Lock's Ryan Caldwell and Carlo Del Fava are both ruled out with injuries. As are former Leinster scrum half Cillian Willis and Scottish International Simon Danielli.
Connacht will name their team after training on St. Stephen's Day while Munster coach Tony McGahan has named a strong squad for the trip to the Sportsground.
Both games are sold out.
Forwards: Thomas Anderson; Rory Best, Justin Fitzpatrick, Nigel Brady, Tom Court, Brendan Botha,
Bryan Young, Ed O'Donoghue, Matt McCullough, Kieron Dawson, Robbie Diack, Stephen Ferris, David Pollock, Chris Henry
Backs: Bryn Cunningham; Timoci Nagusa, Darren Cave, Andrew Trimble, Rob Dewey, Paul Marshall, Clinton Schifcofske, Isaac Boss, Paul Steinmetz, Ian Humphreys, Mark McCrea, Paddy Wallace
Forwards (15): Cian Healy, Ronan McCormack, Brian Blaney, John Fogarty, CJ van der Linde, Stan Wright, Trevor Hogan, Devin Toner, Cameron Jowitt, Malcolm O'Kelly, Rocky Elsom, Stephen Keogh, Shane Jennings, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip
Backs (10): Chris Keane, Chris Whitaker, Isa Nacewa, Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney, Simon Keogh, Felipe Contepomi, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald, Girvan Dempsey
D Hurley, D Howlett, K Earls, K Lewis, B Murphy, L Mafi, I Dowling, P Warwick, R O'Gara, J Manning, P Stringer, M Prendergast, T O'Leary, F Pucciariello, M Horan, T Ryan, D Fogarty, J Flannery, F Sheahan, T Buckley, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, D Ryan, P O'Connell, M O'Driscoll, A Quinlan, J Coughlan, N Ronan, D Wallace, N Williams.