He will be one of a number of changes to Schmidt's starting fifteen.
Joe Schmidt is expected to shuffle his starting fifteen once again when Ireland take on Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday.
Athlone's Robbie Henshaw is set to make his first start of the tournament in the centre for the crucial pool A clash.
Henshaw picked up a hamstring injury in training and has been touted as a solution to Ireland's recent defensive frailties.
Former Ireland Grand Slam captain and pundit Brian O'Driscoll believes he's our best centre: