Jamie Heaslip - who came off the bench in Edinburgh to score the only try of the match in Ireland's 22-15 victory over Scotland last weekend - is back in the starting line-up for the 2009 RBS 6 Nations Championship decider against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Heaslip reclaims the No 8 jersey from Denis Leamy in one of the three changes coach Declan Kidney has made as Ireland go in search of only their second Grand Slam title to go alongside the solitary one notched up 61 years ago.
Ireland have won three of the four matches played at the Millennium Stadium since the five nations became six and, on top of their four-from-four record so far this time around, they also boast a superior points advantage over Wales.
In a second change to the pack Jerry Flannery returns to the starting hooker's position after featuring as a second half replacement against Scotland for his fourth start of the championship, with Rory Best reverting to the bench for the game.
The final change is at scrum half, Tomas O'Leary coming back into the side and swapping places with Peter Stringer.
Kidney said: "The difference between the players is so small. The changes were partly for tactical reasons. It's about getting the right chemistry."
IRELAND: Robert Kearney (UCD - Leinster); 14 - Tommy Bowe (Ospreys), 13 - Brian O'Driscoll (UCD - Leinster, captain), 12 - Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne - Leinster), 11 - Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College - Leinster); 10 - Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution - Munster), 9 - Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin - Munster); 1 - Marcus Horan (Shannon - Munster), 2 - Jerry Flannery (Shannon - Munster), 3 - John Hayes (Bruff - Munster), 4 - Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution - Munster), 5 - Paul O'Connell (Young Munster - Munster), 6 - Stephen Ferris (Dungannon - Ulster), 7 - David Wallace (Garryowen - Munster), 8 - Jamie Heaslip (Naas - Leinster).
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.