Thursday 17 October 2019

Sean Cronin axed from Ireland's 37-man squad for France clash

Sean Cronin of Ireland is tackled by Federico Ruzza of Italy during the Guinness Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at Stadio Olimpico (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Sean Cronin of Ireland is tackled by Federico Ruzza of Italy during the Guinness Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at Stadio Olimpico (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Leinster hooker Sean Cronin has paid the price for his poor showing in Rome after being dropped from the Ireland squad for this weekend's game with France at the Aviva.

The 32-year-old made his first Six Nations start against Italy but misfired and has been axed by Joe Schmidt with Ulster's Rob Herring coming into the squad.

Leinster flyhalf Ross Byrne and Connacht number 9 Kieran Marmion are also drafted in. Byrne as injury cover for Joey Carbery and Marmion in place of his Connacht colleague Caolan Blade.

As expected, Robbie Henshaw and Dan Leavy have not recovered in time for inclusion.

Schmidt names his matchday 23 on Friday.

More to follow

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