Triple boost for Ireland

Date published: February 1 2015

The Ireland coaching staff have named a 38-player squad for the first two rounds of the Six Nations Championship.

The squad had been reduced through injury as well as a number of Wolfhounds returning to their provinces.

“Jack Conan and Michael Bent did well against the Saxons but will return to Leinster, as will Noel Reid who was restricted to a brief cameo as he was covering a number of positions.

“Rob Herring returns to Ulster and will look forward to having an opportunity for further game time.

“Fergus McFadden has a rib cartilage injury, while Craig Gilroy will follow the return to play protocols after a concussion in the Wolfhounds game,” commented Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

Dave Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald are expected to be fully fit to train in preparation for Italy, while Eoin Reddan and Jamie Heaslip are progressing well and are likely to be available to train fully on Tuesday.

Mike McCarthy suffered a concussion during the Wolfhounds game and will stay with the squad while completing the return to play protocols. Cian Healy continues to make very promising progress post his hamstring injury.

Conor Murray trained well on Friday and is expected to be fit for the Italy clash this Saturday.

Ireland’s 38-man squad

Forwards: Rory Best, James Cronin, Sean Cronin, Robbie Diack, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson, Mike McCarthy, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Jordi Murphy, Sean O’Brien, Paul O’Connell, Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony, Mike Ross , Dominic Ryan, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner, Nathan White

Backs: Isaac Boss, Tommy Bowe, Darren Cave, Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls, Luke Fitzgerald, Robbie Henshaw, Felix Jones, David Kearney, Rob Kearney, Ian Keatley, Ian Madigan, Kieran Marmion, Conor Murray, Jared Payne, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton, Simon Zebo