Andy Farrell has some injury concerns ahead of France
Jamison Gibson-Park, Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy have all been ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations squad for the huge clash at home to France on Saturday.
All three missed the opening-day demolition of Wales in Cardiff with injuries, scrum-half Gibson-Park and loosehead Healy both pulled out on the morning of the game, forcing head coach Andy Farrell into a late re-jig.
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Johnny Sexton will complete his HIA process today having been on the receiving end of a high tackle from Wales’ Liam Williams which earned the full-back a yellow card. Sexton was replaced by Ross Byrne late on in the game with a dead leg but there appears to be no concerns about the captain’s availability to take on Les Bleus.
Hooker Ronan Kelleher is back in training after a hamstring complaint led to a call-up for Ulster’s Tom Stuart, who remains with the squad. Elsewhere, Caolin Blade, Michael Milne, and Roman Salanoa have been added to the group.
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Ireland Six Nations squad against France
We will update Farrell’s full 23 for the blockbuster clash against France in Dublin as soon as it is officially announced for the Round 3 clash.
Ireland Six Nations squad against Wales
Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan , Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris
Replacements: Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Iain Henderson, Jack Conan, Crag Casey, Ross Byrne, Bundee Aki
Ireland Six Nations wider squad
Last year’s Triple Crown winners Ireland come into the 2023 Six Nations as No 1 side in the world. Andy Farrell’s men had a phenomenal 2022, winning a series in New Zealand for the first time ever. And now, Farrell has named his squad to take on the best of Europe.
Leinster back Jamie Osborne is the only uncapped to be named, but there are some other noteworthy choices. Munster ten Joey Carbery is not in the mix, with Ross Byrne selected. Nor are Ulster back three stars Robert Baloucoune or Michael Lowry – however, Jacob Stockdale is in.
Gavin Coombes returns to the fold, and Leinster wings Jordan Larmour and Jimmy O’Brien take their fight for a jersey into the Test arena, too.
Robbie Henshaw misses out through injury.
Here is the full squad list.
Ireland Six Nations Squad 2023
Bundee Aki (Connacht)
Ross Byrne (Leinster)
Craig Casey (Munster)
Jack Crowley (Munster)
Keith Earls (Munster)
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster)
Mack Hansen (Connacht)
Hugo Keenan (Leinster)
Jordan Larmour (Leinster)
James Lowe (Leinster)
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)
Conor Murray (Munster)
Jimmy O’Brien (Leinster)
Jamie Osborne (Leinster)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
Johnny Sexton (Leinster) – captain
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster)
Ryan Baird (Leinster)
Finlay Bealham (Connacht)
Tadhg Beirne (Munster)
Jack Conan (Leinster)
Gavin Coombes (Munster)
Caelan Doris (Leinster)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster)
Cian Healy (Leinster)
Iain Henderson (Ulster)
Rob Herring (Ulster)
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster)
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)
Joe McCarthy (Leinster)
Peter O’Mahony (Munster)
Tom O’Toole (Ulster)
Andrew Porter (Leinster)
Cian Prendergast (Connacht)
James Ryan (Leinster)
Dan Sheehan (Leinster)
Josh van der Flier (Leinster)
Ireland Six Nations Fixtures 2023
(All kick-off times are GMT)
Sat 4 February, Wales 10-34 Ireland (2.15pm), Principality Stadium, Watch James Lowe interception knock the stuffing out of Wales
Sat 11 February, Ireland v France (2.15pm), Aviva Stadium
Sat 25 February, Italy v Ireland (2.15pm), Stadio Olimpico
Sun 12 March, Scotland v Ireland (3pm), BT Murrayfield
Sat 18 March, Ireland v England (5pm), Aviva Stadium
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