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Three Uncapped Players Included In Ireland Six Nations Squad

By James Fenton

January 23, 2017 at 11:01am

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named a 40-man panel for the opening two games of this year's Six Nations against Scotland and Italy.

25-year-old Munster winger Andrew Conway is included for the first time as are brothers along with brothers Niall (24) and Rory Scannell (23). 

All three have impressed for Munster this season and will be hoping to be rewarded with debuts at some point during the Six Nations campaign as Ireland look to reclaim the crown they won in 2014 and 2015. 

England are the current holders and travel to face Ireland on March 18 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. 

Ireland get their campaign underway against Scotland in Edinburgh on February 4. 

The full squad for the opening two fixtures reads as follows:

Forwards (22)

Finlay Bealham, Rory Best, Jack Conan, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson, Billy Holland, Dave Kilcoyne, Dan Leavy, Jack McGrath, Sean O'Brien, Tommy O'Donnell
Peter O'Mahony, Donnacha Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, James Tracy
Josh van der Flier

Backs (18)
Tommy Bowe, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Craig Gilroy, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, Rob Kearney
Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Tiernan O'Halloran, Garry Ringrose, Rory Scannell, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo 

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