Joe Schmidt has included uncapped trio Rory Scannell, Niall Scannell and Andrew Conway in Ireland’s 40-man squad for the Six Nations.
All three play for Munster with Niall Scannell offering another option at hooker, Rory Scannell offering versatility in the backs and Andrew Conway adding to their stocks on the wing.
The 40-man squad will compete for places in rounds one and two of the forthcoming Six Nations with Rory Best confirmed as captain and Jamie Heaslip vice-captain.
“It has been good to watch the players over the past two months and great to see many of them doing so well,” Schmidt said.
“As always there were some difficult decisions but we feel that the group is a good mix with a number of key players having good experience and a number of newer players having gained valuable experience and confidence during the summer tour to South Africa and the recent Guinness Series.”
Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Billy Holland (Cork Constitution/Munster), Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster), Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster), Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Con/Munster), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), CJ Stander (Munster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), James Tracy (UCD/Leinster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)
Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Andrew Conway (Munster), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Craig Gilroy (Bangor/Ulster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster), Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster), Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster), Stuart McCloskey (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster), Tiernan O’Halloran (Buccaneers/Connacht), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), Jonathan Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster), Simon Zebo (Cork Con/Munster) 28 caps
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Ireland call up uncapped trio for Six Nations
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