Rory Best of Heineken Cup quarter-finalists, Ulster Rugby, has been named as Ireland captain for the RBS 6 Nations game against Scotland.
In the absence of Munster captain Paul O'Connell, Ulster's hooker will lead out the team for the third time on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium. Best, whose brother Simon also captained Ireland, has previously captained Ireland in wins over Canada and the USA in 2009.
Munster's Donncha Ryan will start his first RBS 6 Nations match having featured as a replacement in five previous games in the championship. The Munster and Ulster representatives in the line-up will be on opposite sides when Munster take on Ulster in the all-Irish Heineken Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park on Sunday, 8 April.
Meanwhile, Leinster's Eoin Reddan will partner Jonathan Sexton in place of the injured Conor Murray.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.