Full-back Michael Lowry, who scored three tries in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup pool stage to help Ulster Rugby qualify for the Round of 16, is set to make his Ireland debut as they host Italy in the Six Nations on Sunday.

Lowry, who is the leading player in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup when it comes to clean breaks (8), defenders beaten (23) and metres made (562), comes in as one of seven changes made to the XV which started Ireland’s 30-24 defeat to France a fortnight ago.

In the forwards, head coach Andy Farrell has opted to bring in Munster Rugby flanker Peter O’Mahony, who captains the side, along with Leinster Rugby trio Caelan Doris, Ryan Baird and Dan Sheehan, at No.8, lock and hooker respectively.

Alterations to the back line see centre Robbie Henshaw called in and fit again wing James Lowe starts alongside Lowry in the back three.

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose and Connacht Rugby winger Mack Hansen are retained, along with the half-back pairing of Leinster’s Jamison Gibson Park and Munster’s Joey Carbery.

Leinster props Andrew Porter and Tadhg Furlong keep their starting places, with club-mate Josh van der Flier continuing at flanker and likewise Munster’s Tadhg Beirne at lock.