Ireland squad named ahead of France
March 6, 2019 10:42 am Conor Sharkey
A 37-man Ireland squad for Round 4 of the Guinness Six Nations Championship has been named.
Ross Byrne comes into the squad ahead of this Sunday’s meeting with France at Aviva Stadium (KO 3pm).
Byrne has made 16 appearances for Leinster this season including starts against Toulouse and Wasps in the crucial Heineken Champions Cup matches in January.
He made 26 appearances and scored 134 points in the province’s double-winning campaign last season – more than any other player.
A further 13 Leinster men are named in the squad, including Rhys Ruddock, who returned from injury in last Friday’s win over the Cheetahs in the Guinness PRO14.
Garry Ringrose has also been selected after missing out on the Six Nations victories over Scotland and Italy through injury.
Andrew Porter also comes back into the squad having featured for Leinster in PRO14 action over the past three weekends.
The Ireland team to face France will be announced on Friday.
Ireland Squad 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 4
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 115 caps (c)
Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 4 caps
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 12 caps
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 13 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 31 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 86 caps
Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 43 caps
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 7 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 27 caps
Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 54 caps
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 27 caps
Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 55 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 55 caps (vc)
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 13 caps
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 11 caps
Rhys Ruddock (Lansdowne/Leinster) 21 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 17 caps
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 12 caps
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 29 caps
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 16 caps
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 15 caps
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 18 caps
Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 1 cap
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 11 caps
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 7 caps
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 75 caps
Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps
Tom Farrell (Coolmine/Connacht) 0 caps
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 89 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 11 caps
Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 24 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 70 caps
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 18 caps
Johnny Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 81 caps (vc)
Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 17 caps