Three rookies in Ireland squad

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:59
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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a 34-man squad for the opening two games of the Six Nations against Scotland and Wales.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a 34-man squad for the opening two games of the Six Nations against Scotland and Wales.

The selected squad includes three uncapped players, who all featured for the Ireland Wolfhounds at the weekend.

The uncapped Robin Copeland, Jordi Murphy and Martin Moore are amongst 18 forwards who have been named for the games against Scotland and Wales.

Craig Gilroy and Simon Zebo, who were called up to the extended squad after Keith Earls sustained an injury, both missed the cut.

Ireland squad:

Forwards: Rory Best (Ulster), Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Mike McCarthy (Leinster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Martin Moore (Leinster), Jordi Murphy (Leinster), Paul O'Connell (Munster), Tommy O'Donnell (Munster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Rhys Ruddock (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster).

Backs: Darren Cave (Ulster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Connacht), Paddy Jackson (Ulster), Felix Jones (Munster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), David Kearney (Leinster), Ian Madigan (Leinster), Luke Marshall (Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro), Andrew Trimble (Ulster).

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