James Lowe will make his Ireland debut in Friday's Autumn Nations Cup opener against Wales at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 7pm, live on RTÉ 2).

The 28-year-old Leinster winger, who only qualified through the residency rule following the conclusion of the rescheduled Six Nations games, is named by head coach Andy Farrell on the wing to face Wayne Pivac's side.

Fellow New Zealander and provincial team-mate Jamison Gibson-Park will make his first Test start at scrum-half, while Farrell has kept faith with Jacob Stockdale at full-back.

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The other change in the backline from the side that was defeated 35-27 in the Six nations finale in Paris sees Chris Farrell, a second-half substitute at Stade de France, replacing Bundee Aki in midfield.

In the pack, Leinster hooker Ronan Kelleher gets the nod over Rob Herring, while Iain Henderson returns to the side after a recent suspension to partner James Ryan in the second row.

In the backrow, only Caelan Doris remains, though he move from blindside flanker to number 8, with Peter O'Mahony and Josh van der Flier handed starts.

Ulster's Billy Burns is also poised to make his Ireland debut after being named among the replacements.

Farrell expects new-cap Lowe to provide something different for the team, while he backed full-back Stockdale to bounce back from his below-par performance against France.

"He brings an extra dimension to how we want to play. We've seen him play in the Pro14 and what he brings for Leinster so hopefully he can definitely bring the same," Farrell said of Lowe.

Speaking about Stockdale, the coach added: "It’s only a couple of games ago that everyone was saying that Jacob is the answer.

"Obviously there a few things that he needs to put right from his last game but we think he’s a pretty important player for us and he gets the opportunity to go again."

Ireland team: Stockdale; Keenan, Farrell, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton (captain), Gibson-Park; Healy, Kelleher, Porter; Henderson, Ryan; O'Mahony, van der Flier, Doris.

Replacements: Heffernan, E Byrne, Bealham, Roux, Connors, Murray, Burns, Earls.

Follow Ireland v Wales on Friday (kick-off 7pm) via the liveblog on RTÉ.ie/Sport and the News Now App,  live coverage on RTÉ2 or listen to live match commentary on RTÉ Radio 1.