Joe Schmidt has made one change to the team that lost to England in the last round of the Six Nations, with Ian Henderson coming in for the injured Peter O’Mahony on the blindside flank.
Concerns about Johnny Sexton’s fitness have been allayed, as the Racing Métro fly-half has been named in the starting line-up.
What do you think of the team?
Ireland team to play Italy:
15. Rob Kearney 14. Andrew Trimble 13. Brian O’Driscoll 12. Gordon D’Arcy 11. Dave Kearney 10. Johnny Sexton 9. Conor Murray 1. Cian Healy 2. Rory Best 3. Mike Ross 4. Devin Toner 5. Paul O’Connell (c) 6. Ian Henderson 7. Chris Henry 8. Jamie Heaslip
Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin 17. Jack McGrath 18. Marty Moore 19. Rhys Ruddock 20. Jordi Murphy 21. Eoin Reddan 22. Paddy Jackson 23. Fergus McFadden