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Ireland Six Nations Squad: The best XV who failed to make Joe Schmidt's 46-man panel

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Darragh Fanning scores Leinster's sixth try

Darragh Fanning scores Leinster's sixth try

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Stuart Olding, Ulster, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, Benetton Treviso

Stuart Olding, Ulster, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, Benetton Treviso

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Luke Marshall: Out of Six Nations

Luke Marshall: Out of Six Nations

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Munster's JJ Hanrahan in action during squad training

Munster's JJ Hanrahan in action during squad training

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Andrew Trimble is pushing hard for an Ireland recall after returning from injury

Andrew Trimble is pushing hard for an Ireland recall after returning from injury

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Paddy Jackson

Paddy Jackson

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Luke McGrath, Leinster, goes over for his side's seventh try

Luke McGrath, Leinster, goes over for his side's seventh try

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Back-row Robin Copeland in action during squad training

Back-row Robin Copeland in action during squad training

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Chris Henry

Chris Henry

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John Muldoon is a focal point for both Connacht's attacking and defensive commitment, personified by his 23 carries and 13 tackles in an awesome display against Munster. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

John Muldoon is a focal point for both Connacht's attacking and defensive commitment, personified by his 23 carries and 13 tackles in an awesome display against Munster. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

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"Munster are waiting on Donnacha Ryan, who is the best all rounder in Irish rugby"

"Munster are waiting on Donnacha Ryan, who is the best all rounder in Irish rugby"

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Ulster's Dan Tuohy goes over to score his side's first try last night

Ulster's Dan Tuohy goes over to score his side's first try last night

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Rodney Ah You sees the funny side of things during a Connacht training session in Galway this week

Rodney Ah You sees the funny side of things during a Connacht training session in Galway this week

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Munster star Damien Varley scored two tries for St Munchin's in the 2002 Munster Senior Cup final. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster star Damien Varley scored two tries for St Munchin's in the 2002 Munster Senior Cup final. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

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‘Myself and a few of the other Limerick-based lads that are not making the trip are getting together at my place to watch the game’ says Dave Kilcoyne, who believes Mako Vunipola’s  return from injury makes Saracens’ scrum even more dangerous

‘Myself and a few of the other Limerick-based lads that are not making the trip are getting together at my place to watch the game’ says Dave Kilcoyne, who believes Mako Vunipola’s return from injury makes Saracens’ scrum even more dangerous

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Darragh Fanning scores Leinster's sixth try

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt named a 46-man squad for the RBS Six Nations today but here is the best XV from the players who failed to make the cut through injury or selection.

15. Darragh Fanning (Leinster)

The Leinster flyer has primarily operated on the wing and has all the raw parts to make an international class player.

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Darragh Fanning scores Leinster's sixth try

Darragh Fanning scores Leinster's sixth try

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Darragh Fanning scores Leinster's sixth try

 

14. Stuart Olding (Ulster)

Injured himself during the heavy defeat to Toulon last weekend when making an eye-catching break.

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Stuart Olding, Ulster, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, Benetton Treviso

Stuart Olding, Ulster, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, Benetton Treviso

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Stuart Olding, Ulster, is tackled by Edoardo Gori, Benetton Treviso

 

13. Luke Marshall (Ulster)

More of an inside centre but moves to the outside in the XV, fingers-crossed he can return soon and avoid any blows to the head.

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Luke Marshall: Out of Six Nations

Luke Marshall: Out of Six Nations

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Luke Marshall: Out of Six Nations

 

12. JJ Hanrahan (Munster)

The Northampton-bound Hanrahan has a bag of tricks at his disposal. The fact that he has been used sparingly by Munster has baffled many.

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Munster's JJ Hanrahan in action during squad training

Munster's JJ Hanrahan in action during squad training

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Munster's JJ Hanrahan in action during squad training

 

11. Andrew Trimble (Ulster)

Last year's IRUPA Player of the Year, is on the road to recovery from his toe surgery.

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Andrew Trimble is pushing hard for an Ireland recall after returning from injury

Andrew Trimble is pushing hard for an Ireland recall after returning from injury

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Andrew Trimble is pushing hard for an Ireland recall after returning from injury

 

10. Paddy Jackson (Ulster)

Wasn't included in the squad for the November Internationals, he may fall further behind Madigan depending on how the Leinster man performs in Rome.

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Paddy Jackson

Paddy Jackson

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Paddy Jackson

 

9. Luke McGrath (Leinster)

The lightning-quick number 9 has been in great form in recent weeks and only his lack of experience has kept him from being selected.

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Luke McGrath, Leinster, goes over for his side's seventh try

Luke McGrath, Leinster, goes over for his side's seventh try

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Luke McGrath, Leinster, goes over for his side's seventh try

 

8. Robin Copeland (Munster)

The former Cardiff Blues ball-carrier is out injured currently but has undoubted ability.

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Back-row Robin Copeland in action during squad training

Back-row Robin Copeland in action during squad training

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Back-row Robin Copeland in action during squad training

 

7. Chris Henry (Ulster)

Henry's well-publicised heart problem sent shockwaves through rugby last year. One of the heroes of 2014, hopefully he will return to his disruptive best.

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Chris Henry

Chris Henry

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Chris Henry

 

6. John Muldoon (Connacht)

A real leader of men and a cornerstone of Connacht's brilliant season.

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John Muldoon is a focal point for both Connacht's attacking and defensive commitment, personified by his 23 carries and 13 tackles in an awesome display against Munster. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

John Muldoon is a focal point for both Connacht's attacking and defensive commitment, personified by his 23 carries and 13 tackles in an awesome display against Munster. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

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John Muldoon is a focal point for both Connacht's attacking and defensive commitment, personified by his 23 carries and 13 tackles in an awesome display against Munster. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

 

5. Donncha Ryan (Munster)

Remains to be seen whether we will ever see Donncha Ryan back to his best. At his best, he's world class.

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"Munster are waiting on Donnacha Ryan, who is the best all rounder in Irish rugby"

"Munster are waiting on Donnacha Ryan, who is the best all rounder in Irish rugby"

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"Munster are waiting on Donnacha Ryan, who is the best all rounder in Irish rugby"

 

4. Dan Tuohy (Ulster)

Tuohy (injured) is a real warrior in the loose and an accomplished lineout performer.

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Ulster's Dan Tuohy goes over to score his side's first try

Ulster's Dan Tuohy goes over to score his side's first try

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Ulster's Dan Tuohy goes over to score his side's first try

 

3. Rodney Ah You (Connacht)

Continues on an upward curve and carries well but he must improve his performance in the set-piece.

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Rodney Ah You sees the funny side of things during a Connacht training session in Galway this week

Rodney Ah You sees the funny side of things during a Connacht training session in Galway this week

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Rodney Ah You sees the funny side of things during a Connacht training session in Galway this week

 

2. Damien Varley (Munster)

Out injured currently, Varley is a reliable operator but lacks Rory Best's tenacity at the breakdown and Cronin's dynamism with ball-in-hand.

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Munster star Damien Varley scored two tries for St Munchin's in the 2002 Munster Senior Cup final. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster star Damien Varley scored two tries for St Munchin's in the 2002 Munster Senior Cup final. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

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Munster star Damien Varley scored two tries for St Munchin's in the 2002 Munster Senior Cup final. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

 

1. Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)

Kilcoyne (injured) has the ability to take on Jack McGrath and Cian Healy for a starting spot.

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‘Myself and a few of the other Limerick-based lads that are not making the trip are getting together at my place to watch the game’ says Dave Kilcoyne, who believes Mako Vunipola’s  return from injury makes Saracens’ scrum even more dangerous

‘Myself and a few of the other Limerick-based lads that are not making the trip are getting together at my place to watch the game’ says Dave Kilcoyne, who believes Mako Vunipola’s return from injury makes Saracens’ scrum even more dangerous

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‘Myself and a few of the other Limerick-based lads that are not making the trip are getting together at my place to watch the game’ says Dave Kilcoyne, who believes Mako Vunipola’s return from injury makes Saracens’ scrum even more dangerous

Click here to see who did make the squad

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