12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Team manager David Haslett has announced a 32 strong squad for the training camp that will be held in Blackrock College, Williamstown, starting on Friday (13th) and ending on Sunday (15th). In addition 11 players have also been named as back-up.
As part of their preparation for the 2002/03 championship, the Under 21s will play an Irish Colleges' side on December 21st and in January will have a second preparatory game against an AIB league side.
Ireland U21 Squad. Backs:Tommy Bowe (Queens), Peter O'Brien (UCC), Richard Lane (UCC), Gareth Hayes (UCD), Keith Matthews (UL Bohemians), Ken Kennedy (UCD), Barry Murphy (UL Bohemians), John Hearty (Blackrock College), David Warwick (Newport - Wales), David McAllister (Terenure College), Barry Keeshan (UCC), Michael Rainey (Glasgow Hawks), Conor O'Loughlin (Buccaneers), Fiach O'Loughlin (Shannon).
Forwards: Stephen Keogh (UCC), Ciaran Potts (St Mary's College), Niall Ronan (Lansdowne), John Muldoon (Galwegians), Michael McComish (Belfast Harelquins), Shane O'Connor (Cork Constitution), Neil McComb (Dundee Uni/Belfast Harlequins), David Gannon (UCD), Simon Crawford (UCD), Declan Fitzpatrick (Belfast Harlequins), Jody Danagher (UL Bohemians), Rory Best (Belfast Harlequins), Kevin Corrigan (UCD), John Lyne (Lansdowne), Eugene McGovern (Old Crescent), Jason Moran (UCD), Denis Fogarty (Garryowen), Robert Connolly (Greystones).
Additional: Niall O'Hara (Buccaneers), Patrick O'Gorman (Saracens), Nicholas McClelland (London Irish), Andrew Tallon (Lansdowne), Daragh Geraghty (UCD), Robbie Shaw (Wasps), Frank Cogan (Cork Constitution), Paul Minnis (Belfast Harelquins), Eoin Nihill (Garryowen), David Kelly (Buccaneers), Niall Conlon (Dublin University.