Saturday 24 March 2018

Brian O'Driscoll identifies three young talents he would like to see in the Ireland squad for the Six Nations Newsdesk Newsdesk

We haven't yet finished the Champions Cup pool stage but thoughts are already turning to the looming Six Nations.

We are still over two weeks away from the opening round of fixtures, but with Joe Schmidt set to announce his squad for the first two weekends on Sunday, speculation has already begun as to who will be included.

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald tipped Munster brothers Niall and Rory Scannell to make the cut, with Brian O'Driscoll agreeing with one of his selections.

Read more: The Left Wing: Luke Fitzgerald picks out two Munster stars to break into Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad

Speaking on BT Sport's Rugby Tonight show, the Ireland legend gave three names that he would like to see in the Ireland squad this Sunday.

"There are a few guys," O'Driscoll said.

"Especially with the injury to Sean Cronin and the way Munster are playing in the front row, you have Niall Scannell, who hasn't been capped yet. I imagine that he'll be in the mix. Jack Conan had a huge performance for Leinster last week. The back row is hugely competitive, he is probably sixth or seventh down the pecking order. With a couple of injuries he could easily find his way in.

"And up north, I think Stuart McCloskey has really put his hand up again. He didn't feature in the summer tour or in November but he has put in some really big performances and Joe Schmidt has to sit up and pay attention to that."

Conan and McCloskey have each won one cap while Scannell has played for Ireland U20.

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