The Ireland coaching group have named a squad of 36 players for the opening two rounds of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship. All three of Ireland’s home games in this year’s Championship are sold out.

Joe Schmidt, Ireland head coach commented,”It’s been great to witness some quality performances from provincial teams over the last seven weeks of European and derby matches, with a number of players performing well.

“There were some very tight decisions but it’s great to see some competitive depth in a number of positions.”

Ireland take on France in Paris in their opening fixture before hosting Italy at the Aviva Stadium as Conor O’Shea makes his first visit to Dublin as Italian head coach.

The Ireland squad will host a mini-camp in Athlone following the Round 2 fixture against Italy. An open session will take place at Buccaneers RFC on Thursday, 15th February, ahead of the home game against Wales.

The open session is a ticketed event and tickets can be accessed through Ticketmaster.ie from the 3rd February. Tickets for Ireland open sessions are free but there are restrictions in place to ensure a wide spread of patrons can be accommodated.

Following the Round 3 fixture against the Welsh, the Ireland squad will host a mini-camp in Dublin where a second Open Session will be held at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday 27th February. Tickets for the Aviva Open Session will be available on Ticketmaster.ie on 15th February.

Ireland’s last home fixture of this year’s Championship is against Scotland on Saturday 10th March with the squad’s final game of the tournament taking place seven days later in Twickenham.

Ireland squad 

Forwards (20)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 106 caps CAPTAIN
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 5 caps
Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 56 caps
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 11 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 19 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 73 caps
Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 34 caps
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 3 cap
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 22 caps
Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps
Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 42 caps
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 18 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 42 caps
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 3 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 4 caps
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 11 caps
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 18 caps
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 53 caps
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 9 caps

Back (16)

Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 2 caps
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 6 caps
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 6 caps
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 62 caps
Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 2 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 31 caps
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 78 caps
Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster) 7 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster)*
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 18 caps
Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 32 caps
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 6 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 59 caps
Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 caps
Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 3 caps
Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 4 caps

*Denotes Uncapped Player