Ireland name 34-strong Nations Cup squad, includes call-ups for James Lowe and Billy Burns
Fresh from their Six Nations title-ruining loss in France last Saturday night, Ireland have reassembled in Dublin with a 34-strong squad showing three changes from the 34 initially chosen on October 14 for the championship resumption against Italy and the French.
Uncapped Ulster out-half Billy Burns, newly eligible winger James Lowe and fit-again Keith Earls are all included in a squad where Jack Carty, the broken-jawed Garry Ringrose and Jack Conan step away. Lowe had been training with the squad in recent weeks but was not officially part of the set-up as he wasn’t eligible to play. However, he has now served the necessary time to qualify under the 36-month residency rule.
Kieran Marmion and Quinn Roux will be available to Connacht this weekend in the PRO14 and will only join the national squad on Sunday. Conan, who was rehabbing an issue in camp, has an unspecified injury that has not settled and has return to Leinster to continue his rehab programme.
There is no room for Ulster scrum-half John Cooney, who was called into the squad at the start of last week as injury cover for Jamison Gibson-Park who came right and appeared off the bench at Stade de France.
Ireland open their Autumn Nations Cup campaign at home to Wales on November 13, travel to England on November 21 before hosting Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on November 29. A play-off match against either Fiji, France, Italy or Scotland will follow on the first Saturday of December.
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IRELAND AUTUMN NATIONS CUP SQUAD (34)
Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 28 caps
Billy Burns (Ulster) uncapped
Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 8 caps
Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 23 caps
Shane Daly (Munster/Cork Con) uncapped
Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 84 caps
Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 10 caps
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 2 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 45 caps
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 2 caps
James Lowe (Leinster) uncapped
Kieran Marmion (Connacht/Corinthians) 27 caps
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 3 caps
Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 83 caps
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 93 caps (capt)
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 30 caps
Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 11 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 15 caps
Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 2 caps
Will Connors (Leinster/UCD) 2 caps
Ultan Dillane (Connacht/Corinthians) 17 caps
Caelan Doris (Leinster/UCD) 4 caps
Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 100 caps
Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 3 caps
Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 55 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 13 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 3 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 69 caps
Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 28 caps
Quinn Roux (Connacht/Galwegians) 12 caps
John Ryan (Munster/Cork Constitution) 21 caps
James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 28 caps
CJ Stander (Munster/Shannon) 43 caps
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 26 caps
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