Munster second row Paul O'Connell has been named as Ireland's captain for the RBS 6 Nations opener against France following Brian O'Driscoll's failure to recover from his hamstring tear.
O'Driscoll sustained the injury last month and has been ruled out of the trip to Paris as coach Eddie O'Sullivan admitted defeat in his battle to include his new skipper - who only replaced Keith Wood after the World Cup.
O'Sullivan said: "Brian was very close, Saturday just came a little bit too soon. If it was a Grand Slam decider then we might have played him, but it's the first match so there's no point taking risks.
"Paul O'Connell is an excellent choice as skipper - he was one of the outstanding players of the World Cup and he has the respect of all the players. He has everything you want in a skipper."
Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy has been given the task of filling O'Driscoll's boots in what will be his first start for the national side - he has already accumulated five caps as a replacement.
He will partner Kevin Maggs in midfield with Munster's Ronan O'Gara getting the nod over David Humphreys at fly-half, although the Ulster number 10 features among the replacements.
Malcolm O'Kelly will join O'Connell in the second row for his 60th cap - he becomes the fifth Irishman to reach that milestone - forcing Donncha O'Callaghan to settle for a place on the bench.
Simon Easterby, Keith Gleeson and Anthony Foley make up the back row with Victor Costello included as back-up.
Ireland team to face France in the RBS 6 Nations, Paris, February 14: G Dempsey; S Horgan, G Darcy, K Maggs, T Howe; R O'Gara, P Stringer; R Corrigan, S Byrne, J Hayes, M O'Kelly, P O'Connell (captain), S Easterby, K Gleeson, A Foley.
Replacements: F Sheehan, S Best, D O'Callaghan, V Costello, G Easterby, D Humphreys, A Horgan.