Six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for Italy and France matches

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(Reuters) – Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named six uncapped players to his 35-man squad for their last two Six Nations games this month.

Ryan Baird, Ed Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Hugo Keenan and Will Connors of Leinster, as well as Shane Daly of Munster hope to make an impact and win their first caps.

John Cooney is a notable omission from the squad, which will be led by Johnny Sexton, while Tom O’Toole and Max Deegan are out due to injuries.

“There has been a huge effort throughout Irish Rugby to ensure that professional play can return safely and this work is greatly appreciated by national management,” Farrell said in a statement.

“We have protocols in place to ensure the well-being of players and staff and we look forward to completing the Six Nations Championships.”

Leinster’s trio Harry Byrne, James Lowe and James Tracy, as well as Craig Casey and Fineen Wycherley from Munster will train with the team at the IRFU High Performance Center in Dublin.

Ireland will face Italy at the Aviva Stadium on October 24 before concluding their Six Nations campaign against France in Paris the following week.

Farrell’s side are fourth in the table, four points behind England and France, who both played an extra game.

The Ireland team:

Back (16): Bundee Aki (Connacht, 26 caps), Ross Byrne (Leinster, 6 caps), Jack Carty (Connacht, 10 caps), Andrew Conway (Munster, 21 caps), Shane Daly (Munster, uncapped), Chris Farrell (Munster, 9 caps), Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster, uncapped), Robbie Henshaw (Leinster, 43 caps), Hugo Keenan (Leinster, uncapped), Jordan Larmour (Leinster, 24 caps), Kieran Marmion (Connacht , 27 caps)), Stuart McCloskey (Ulster, 3 caps), Conor Murray (Munster, 81 caps), Garry Ringrose (Leinster, 29 caps), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster, 91 caps), Jacob Stockdale (Ulster, 28 caps)

Forwards (19): Ryan Baird (Leinster, uncapped), Finlay Bealham (Connacht, 9 caps), Tadhg Beirne (Munster, 13 caps), Ed Byrne (Leinster, uncapped), Will Connors (Leinster, uncapped), Jack Conan (Leinster, 17 caps), Caelan Doris (Leinster, 2 caps), Cian Healy (Leinster, 98 caps), Dave Heffernan (Connacht, 1 cap), Iain Henderson (Ulster, 55 caps), Rob Herring (Ulster, 11 caps), Ronan Kelleher (Leinster, 3 caps), Peter O’Mahony (Munster, 67 caps), Andrew Porter (Leinster, 26 caps), Quinn Roux (Connacht, 12 caps), James Ryan (Leinster, 26 caps) , John Ryan (Munster, 21 caps), CJ Stander (Munster, 41 caps), Josh van der Flier (Leinster, 26 caps)

Report by Arvind Sriram in Bangalore

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