It all went a bit wrong last week; things just didn't seem to click at all. Instead of heading to Rome to continue their quest for a Grand Slam, Ireland are looking to get their first win on the board and keep any chance of a Championship victory alive. Joe Schmidt will be making sure all team buses arrive on time.
It will have been a tough week in Carton House, but hopefully it results in a more focused Irish side taking to the field today. Donnacha Ryan has been brought back into the team, and will bring both grit and experience. Cian Healy and Jack McGrath switch places, while Craig Gilroy has been brought on the bench in place of Tommy Bowe.
Italy, under the guidance of Conor O'Shea, put a fight against Wales last week. They lead at break, but were unable to sustain their performance in the second half. Ireland should be comfortable winners, and may even have a chance at the bonus point, if they can re-find their November form.
15.Rob Kearney 14.Keith Earls 13.Garry Ringrose 12.Robbie Henshaw 11.Simon Zebo 10.Paddy Jackson 9.Conor Murray 8.Jamie Heaslip 7.Sean O'Brien 6.CJ Stander 5.Devin Toner 4.Donnacha Ryan 3.Tadgh Furlong 2.Rory Best 1.Cian Healy
16.Niall Scannell 17.Jack McGrath 18.John Ryan 19.Ultan Dillane 20.Josh Van Der Flier 21.Kieran Marmion 22.Ian Keatley 23.Craig Gilroy
15.Padovani 14.Esposito 13.Benvenuti 12. McLean 11.Venditti 10. Canna 9.Gori 8.Parisse 7.Favaro 6. Mbanda 5. Van Schalwyk 4. Fuser 3. Cittadini 2. Ghiraldini 1. Lovotti
16.Gega 17.Panico 18.Chistolini 19.Biagi 20.Steyn 21.Bronzini 22.Allan 23.Campagnaro
Referee: Glen Jackson
The second game of the day sees Wales take on England, K.O. 4.50pm