The Leinster No2 was handed a rare start for his country when chosen to step in for Rory Best against Italy. However, the Irish set-piece out of touch failed to fire and he has now been excluded.
Elsewhere, there are call-ups for half-backs Kieran Marmion and Ross Byrne, but Robbie Henshaw definitely won’t feature after Joe Schmidt revealed the delayed identity on Wednesday morning of the 37 players he has with him in camp this week.
It wasn’t thought the injury would rule him out for a month, but that is what has transpired as the Leinster back will now miss his third Test match in succession.
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An IRFU statement on Tuesday had signalled that there could be bad news about Henshaw’s availability. “Robbie Henshaw is improving more slowly than hoped and he will continue his rehab this week,” it read.
Also out of consideration is Dan Leavy, who continues to nurse an ankle issue, but Joey Carbery’s hopes of involvement are still up in the air.
Carbery, who has had a hamstring problem, is included in the squad but Schmidt has also called up Byrne to provide cover alongside Jack Carty, who earned his first cap as the sub out-half in the win over Italy.
Elsewhere, there is a return for the fit-again Marmion, the starting scrum-half in the November win over New Zealand.
IRELAND SQUAD (v France)
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 115 caps (c)
Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 4 caps
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 12 caps
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 13 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 31 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 86 caps
Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 43 caps
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 7 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 27 caps
Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 54 caps
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 27 caps
Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 55 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 55 caps (vc)
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 13 caps
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 11 caps
Rhys Ruddock (Lansdowne/Leinster) 21 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 17 caps
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 12 caps
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 29 caps
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 16 caps
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Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 15 caps
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 18 caps
Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 1 cap
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 11 caps
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 7 caps
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 75 caps
Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps
Tom Farrell (Coolmine/Connacht) 0 caps
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 89 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 11 caps
Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 24 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 70 caps
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 18 caps
Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 81 caps (vc)
Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 17 caps
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