14 seasons, 48 home matches, 35 home wins, four tries, three Six Nations titles - One Paul O'Connell
The 35-year-old will lead his side on home soil for the final time in an illustrious career this afternoon against Wales and is one of a host of Six Nations performers who are almost certain of being selected in the final squad.
However, for the likes of Luke Fitzgerald, Keith Earls, Dave Kearney and Nathan White, today is a major opportunity to ensure their place on the panel for the next month's tournament.
After today's game, Schmidt and his coaching staff will meet to discuss the 31 names who will be submitted to the World Cup organisers on Monday, with the coach set to confirm his squad publicly on Tuesday.
It makes for high stakes against a near full-strength Wales side and O'Connell is urging his team-mates to put the ramifications of their performance to one side and focus on improving as a unit.
"There's been a little bit of chat amongst the lads, but I think guys are just trying to put it to the back of their mind," he said after leading yesterday's Captain's Run.
"There's no value in anyone getting too bogged down in it or worrying about it. We're big on preparation, you prepare as well as you can, that hopefully helps you play as well as you can, and that helps selection.
"There are certainly things we'd like to do a little bit better from the Scottish game.
"One of our big things is trying to improve from championship to championship and from game to game and we probably took a step back in some of the things we did in the Scottish game. We'll be trying to improve on that."
Despite the attention that is sure to come his way at full-time as the Dublin crowd bids farewell, O'Connell is determined not to let the occasion of his final home game for Ireland fog his own mind.
His time as an international will come to an end when the World Cup finishes and, although he is likely to return to the Aviva Stadium with Toulon in December, this is a chance for Ireland fans to say goodbye.
However, the attention that comes with his impending international retirement is not sitting comfortably on the skipper's broad shoulders.
"They are embarrassing," he said of the series of farewells during his final months as a player in Ireland.
"I mean, they're nice, I really enjoyed my last game in Thomond Park against the Ospreys - I had it to myself almost.
"Most players want to focus on the game and get on with the game, particularly with the way we play. There's an awful lot of things to think about; there's awful lot of things we've got to do to play well, to fit into the system.
"You're not too bothered by any of the outside distractions."