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13 players released back to provinces for Six Nations break week

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has released 13 players back their provinces for Pro14 action, as...

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has released 13 players back their provinces for Pro14 action, as we head into the Six Nations weekend.

Following Saturday's impressive win against Wales, Ireland travel to face England in their next game on Sunday February 23rd, with 23 man squad retained for a two-day training camp in Cork this week.

Of the 13 players sent back to the provinces for this weekend's Pro 14 action, Leinster's Ronan Kelleher and Max Deegan are the only two who have featured in Ireland's opening two games.

Dave Kearney, Luke McGrath and Will Connors will also rejoin Leinster training.

The others released back are Ultan Dillane and Dave Heffernan of Connacht, Munster pair Chris Farrell and Jack O'Donoghue, and Ulster quartet Billy Burns, Tom O'Toole, Stuart McCloskey and Jack McGrath.

Will Addison is retained in the national training group, despite missing the opening games, while Caelan Doris is also included having suffered a head injury just four minutes into his debut against Scotland 9 days ago.

On Thursday Ireland will host an Open Session in CIT, Cork and train with the Ireland U20s squad, who will also travel to England next week in search of a Triple Crown.


Backs: (11)
Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) 4 caps
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 25 caps
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 20 caps
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 10 caps
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 83 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 42 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 23 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 80 caps
Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 90 caps
Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 27 caps
Forwards: (12)
Caelan Doris (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 1 cap
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 43 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 97 caps
Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 55 caps
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 10 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 38 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 66 caps
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 40 caps
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 69 caps
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps

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