"I'm sure Malcolm will force his way back into the side," said Kidney.
"(But) Mick (O'Driscoll) had been going well prior to getting the shoulder injury and he played very well in the Magners League on the weekend, so I felt he deserved his chance.
"We went through the whole team selection. The team are training so well and we took that into account.
"The lads who came on as subs in the first two matches have put their hands up, as have the guys on Magners League duty at the weekend.
Ireland: R Kearney; T Bowe, B O'Driscoll (capt), P Wallace, L Fitzgerald; R O'Gara, T O'Leary; M Horan, J Flannery, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip. Replacements: R Best, T Court, M O'Driscoll, D Leamy, P Stringer, G D'Arcy, G Murphy.
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