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Ireland Six Nations Squad: Joe Schmidt announces 46-man extended squad

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Schmidt: 'The reality and the expectation - we try to separate the two'. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Schmidt: 'The reality and the expectation - we try to separate the two'. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Schmidt: 'The reality and the expectation - we try to separate the two'. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Six Nations title holders Ireland have named a 46-man squad as they bid to retain their crown.

There are just two uncapped players included with Jack Conan being rewarded for his impressive recent form with Leinster and Connacht prop Nathan White also among the long-list.

Robin Copeland, David Kilcoyne, Luke Marshall, Donncha Ryan and Andrew Trimble will remain with their provinces to continue their recovery or to gain game time and may yet return for later Six Nations test matches.

Ulster quartet Chris Henry, Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding and Dan Tuohy along with Munster hooker Damien Varley are unavailable for selection due to long-term injury.

The Three Ireland Wolfhounds will face a strong England Saxons selection at Irish Independent Park, Cork on Friday January30 with this fixture being broadcast live on RTE and SKY Sports.  The Wolfhounds will be coached by Dan McFarland and Richie Murphy.

Head Coach Joe Schmidt, said: "The coaching group have tried to strike a balance between some players getting the chance to fully complete their rehabilitation programmes, or get a bit of rest and others getting the opportunity to push their claims with further game time in the Wolfhounds fixture.”

Ireland will begin their defence against the Italians in Rome on February 7.

Extended IRELAND and Wolfhounds Squad

Forwards (25)

Michael Bent (Leinster)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)

Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*

Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

James Cronin (Dolphin/Munster)

Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster)

Dave Foley (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)

Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

Mike McCarthy (Leinster)

Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster)

Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster)

Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)

Rhys Ruddock (St Mary's College/Leinster)

Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)

Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Nathan White (Galwegians/Connacht)*

 

Backs (21)

Isaac Boss (Terenure/Leinster)

Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)

Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)

Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster)

David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)

Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)

Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)

Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)

Jared Payne (Ulster)

Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Noel Reid (Clontarf/Leinster)

Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92)

Simon Zebo (Cork Con/Munster)

 

*Denotes uncapped player

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