Six Nations: Jacob Stockdale and John Cooney not included in Eire squad
Ulster again Jacob Stockdale has been omitted of Andy Farrell’s Eire squad for the Six Nations.
Stockdale is unavailable after he injured his knee in Ulster’s Pro14 win over Munster on 2 January however Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong has been included after recovering from long-term harm.
Uncapped Munster scrum-half Craig Casey is known as within the squad however Ulster’s John Cooney misses out.
Ulster prop Tom O’Toole is the one different uncapped participant within the squad.
Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton will proceed to captain Eire, who start their Six Nations marketing campaign in opposition to Wales in Cardiff on 7 February.
Furlong has not performed since Eire’s Six Nations defeat by England in February attributable to calf and again issues however is one among 17 Leinster gamers named within the squad, alongside returning flanker Rhys Ruddock.
Iain Henderson has been named regardless of sustaining a knee harm in opposition to Scotland in November whereas Sexton, James Lowe and Peter O’Mahony have been included regardless of carrying knocks.
There is no such thing as a room within the 36-man squad for Leinster ahead Ryan Baird or Munster again row Gavin Coombes. Cooney has been unable to pressure his method again into Farrell’s plans regardless of impressing for Ulster in current weeks.
Casey, 21, provides Farrell a recent possibility at scrum-half alongside Conor Murray and Jamison Gibson-Park. Leinster’s Ross Byrne and Ulster’s Billy Burns get the nod forward of Connacht fly-half Jack Carty to deputise for Sexton.
“For the reason that Autumn worldwide window the membership season has had a superb few disruptions and the cancellation of the European fixtures means there have been much less alternatives for gamers to point out kind or to return from harm and get some minutes below their belts,” mentioned Farrell.
“Tadhg (Furlong) hasn’t performed in fairly some time however he is able to be part of the group. Sadly Jacob (Stockdale) is not going to be accessible to us.”
Eire completed third within the staggered 2020 Six Nations with three victories in 5 matches. Farrell’s facet additionally completed third within the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup after beating Scotland within the play-off.
Forwards: Tadhg Beirne, Will Connors, Caelan Doris, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier.
Backs: Bundee Aki, Billy Burns, Ross Byrne, Craig Casey, Andrew Conway, Shane Daly, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Jamison Gibson-Park, Robbie Henshaw, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Stuart McCloskey, Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton (captain).