PA Sport - Wed, 17 Mar 14:16:00 2010
Flanker Kelly Brown had been an injury doubt after suffering a sickening clash of heads with England wing Ugo Monye in last weekend's Calcutta Cup draw at Murrayfield, but he is currently satisfying medical protocols and is on course to start at Croke Park.
There are changes on the bench, however, with lock Nathan Hines ruled out due to a knee injury. Richie Gray is therefore recalled among the substitutes.
Co-captain Mike Blair and prop Alastair Dickinson have both recovered from concussion and replace Rory Lawson and Geoff Cross respectively.
Saturday's match is set to be the last ever rugby union match at Croke Park and coach Andy Robinson said: "I have spoken about the need for us to be consistent and put together back-to-back performances.
"We did some good things against England last weekend but we have to look for improvements against a well-balanced Ireland team who will be looking to bow out on a high from the final match at Croke Park."