Rugby – Ireland name squad for England clash

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IRELAND coach Joe Schmidt has named the squad for Round 3 of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Dave Foley, Jordi Murphy and Craig Gilroy come in for the injured trio of Mike McCarthy, Sean O’Brien and Dave Kearney.

Cian Healy and Mike Ross return to the squad after proving their fitness.  Tadgh Furlong and Rob Herring are both suffering with thigh muscle injuries so will remain with their provinces to rehab.

Forwards (18)

Finlay Bealham (Corinthians/Connacht)*

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) c

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

Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)*

David Foley (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) vc

Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster)

Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)

Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster)

Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)

CJ Stander (Munster)

Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)

Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)*

Nathan White (Connacht)

Backs (16)

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)

Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Patrick Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)

Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)

Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)

Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)

Stuart McCloskey (Ballynahinch/Ulster)*

Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)

Jared Payne (Ulster)

Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)

Jonathan Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster)

Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)

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