PETER O’MAHONY is set to become the 10th Irish player to win 100 Test caps in Saturday night’s do-or-die World Cup Pool B clash against Scotland at Murrayfield, with head coach Andy Farrell making two changes to the starting XV which defeated South Africa 12 days ago.
Hooker Dan Sheehan steps up from the bench to reclaim the No 2 jersey while Iain Henderson is promoted to the second-row, with Ronan Kelleher and James Ryan dropping to the replacements.
The fit-again Jack Conan is in line for his first appearance of the tournament after also being named among the replacements.
Robbie Henshaw has been sidelined with a hamstring injury and a further assessment will be made early next week.
Ireland (versus Scotland on Sunday @ Stade de France, kick-off 8pm GMT): H Keenan; M Hansen, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Lowe; J Sexton, J Gibson-Park; A Porter, D Sheehan, T Furlong, T Beirne, I Henderson, P O’Mahony, J van der Flier, C Doris. Substitutes: R Kelleher, D Kilcoyne, F Bealham, J Ryan, J Conan, C Murray, J Crowley, S McCloskey.