Ireland Squad - the options
Certainties: Tony Buckley, Cian Healy, Tom Court, Marcus Horan.
In the mix: John Hayes, Mike Ross, Jamie Hagan.
Fall-backs: Brett Wilkinson, Bryan Young.
Injuries: Jerry Flannery's calf is a big concern, John Fogarty hasn't played since September 18 and his brother Denis is a long-term absentee.
Certainties: Flannery (if fit), Rory Best, Sean Cronin.
In the mix: Damien Varley.
Fall-backs: Andy Kyriacou, Nigel Brady.
Injuries: Paul O'Connell will miss November, hopefully returning before Christmas. Ed O'Donoghue is battling knee injury but Leo Cullen looks to have made a full recovery from his long-term shoulder injury.
Certainties: Donncha O'Callaghan, Leo Cullen, Mick O'Driscoll.
In the mix: Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner, Dan Tuohy.
Fall-backs: Bob Casey, Ed O'Donoghue (injury permitting).
Certainties: Jamie Heaslip, Denis Leamy, Stephen Ferris, Sean O'Brien, David Wallace.
In the mix: Shane Jennings, Niall Ronan, Chris Henry, John Muldoon.
Fall-backs: Rhys Ruddock, Alan Quinlan, Willie Faloon.
Injuries: Tomas O'Leary's thumb injury to rule him out of first two matches.
Certainties: Eoin Reddan, Peter Stringer.
In the mix: Isaac Boss, Frank Murphy.
Fall-backs: Paul Marshall, Duncan Williams.
Certainties: Ronan O'Gara,
In the mix: Paddy Wallace provides cover for top two.
Fall-backs: Ian Keatley, Ian Humphreys.
Injuries: Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald nursing hamstring and hip injuries but should be available, Ian Dowling and Felix Jones out of the reckoning.
Certainties: Brian O'Driscoll, Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney, Luke Fitzgerald, Gordon D'Arcy, Keith Earls, Paddy Wallace.
In the mix: Geordan Murphy, Andrew Trimble, Johne Murphy, Gavin Duffy, Fionn Carr, Shane Horgan, Fergus McFadden, Denis Hurley.
Fall-backs: Darren Cave, Ian Whitten.