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Ireland name 37-man squad that shows five changes from round three

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Andy Farrell has named a 37-strong Ireland squad for this Sunday’s match away to Scotland that shows five changes from the start of the week squad named a fortnight ago for the round three Guinness Six Nations win over Italy.


There are two changes in the pack, Tadhg Furlong named in place of the injured Finlay Bealham – who is ruled out of the remainder of the championship – and Nick Timoney replacing Scott Penny. In the backs, Ciaran Frawley, Jamison Gibson-Park and Robbie Henshaw are included at the expense of Joey Carbery, Caolin Blade and Jamie Osborne.

A statement read: “The Ireland squad re-assembled last night [Monday] ahead of the round four fixture away to Scotland at BT Murrayfield on Sunday – 37 players will commence preparations to play Gregor Townsend’s Scotland team, who have beaten England and Wales to date in this year’s championship.

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“Gavin Coombes, Jack Crowley, Rob Herring, Jordan Larmour, Cian Prendergast, Roman Salanoa, Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell return having featured for their provinces in the URC at the weekend.

“Nick Timoney and Ciaran Frawley are included in the squad for the first time during this championship campaign. Timoney started the game against Fiji in November while Frawley picked up an injury playing for Ireland A against the All Blacks XV on the eve of the Autumn Nations Series.


“Jamie Osborne and Scott Penny, who trained with the squad ahead of round three, are unavailable having picked up minor knocks playing for Leinster against Edinburgh at the weekend.”


Ireland squad (vs Scotland, Sunday)
Forwards (20):

Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 9 caps
Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 36 caps
Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) 2 caps
Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 26 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 63 caps
Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 121 caps
Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 71 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 33 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 20 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 51 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 92 caps
Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 7 caps
Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 51 caps
Cian Prendergast (Connacht/Corinthians) 1 cap
James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 51 caps
Roman Salanoa (Munster/Shannon) uncapped
Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 15 caps
Nick Timoney (Ulster/Banbridge) 3 caps
Kieran Treadwell (Ulster/Ballymena) 10 caps
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 48 caps

Backs (17):
Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 44 caps
Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 17 caps
Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 10 caps
Jack Crowley (Munster/Cork Constitution) 3 caps
Ciaran Frawley (Leinster/UCD) uncapped
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 23 caps
Mack Hansen (Connacht/Corinthians) 12 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 61 caps
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 28 caps
Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Marys College) 30 caps
James Lowe (Leinster) 18 caps
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 12 caps
Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 103 caps
Jimmy O’Brien (Leinster/Naas) 4 caps
Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 49 caps
Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 111 caps (c)
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 35 caps


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