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Ireland Squad - the options

Published 19/10/2010 | 05:00

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Certainties: Tony Buckley, Cian Healy, Tom Court, Marcus Horan.

In the mix: John Hayes, Mike Ross, Jamie Hagan.

Fall-backs: Brett Wilkinson, Bryan Young.

HOOKER

Injuries: Jerry Flannery's calf is a big concern, John Fogarty hasn't played since September 18 and his brother Denis is a long-term absentee.

Certainties: Flannery (if fit), Rory Best, Sean Cronin.

In the mix: Damien Varley.

Fall-backs: Andy Kyriacou, Nigel Brady.

SECOND ROW

Injuries: Paul O'Connell will miss November, hopefully returning before Christmas. Ed O'Donoghue is battling knee injury but Leo Cullen looks to have made a full recovery from his long-term shoulder injury.

Certainties: Donncha O'Callaghan, Leo Cullen, Mick O'Driscoll.

In the mix: Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner, Dan Tuohy.

Fall-backs: Bob Casey, Ed O'Donoghue (injury permitting).

BACK ROW

Certainties: Jamie Heaslip, Denis Leamy, Stephen Ferris, Sean O'Brien, David Wallace.

In the mix: Shane Jennings, Niall Ronan, Chris Henry, John Muldoon.

Fall-backs: Rhys Ruddock, Alan Quinlan, Willie Faloon.

SCRUM-HALF

Injuries: Tomas O'Leary's thumb injury to rule him out of first two matches.

Certainties: Eoin Reddan, Peter Stringer.

In the mix: Isaac Boss, Frank Murphy.

Fall-backs: Paul Marshall, Duncan Williams.

OUT-HALF

Certainties: Ronan O'Gara,

Jonathan Sexton.

In the mix: Paddy Wallace provides cover for top two.

Fall-backs: Ian Keatley, Ian Humphreys.

OUTSIDE BACKS

Injuries: Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald nursing hamstring and hip injuries but should be available, Ian Dowling and Felix Jones out of the reckoning.

Certainties: Brian O'Driscoll, Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney, Luke Fitzgerald, Gordon D'Arcy, Keith Earls, Paddy Wallace.

In the mix: Geordan Murphy, Andrew Trimble, Johne Murphy, Gavin Duffy, Fionn Carr, Shane Horgan, Fergus McFadden, Denis Hurley.

Fall-backs: Darren Cave, Ian Whitten.

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