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.
The vacancy in the pack will be filled by either Bob Casey or Donnacha O'Callaghan. Casey is not expected to start for Blackrock in their game against Terenure but O'Callaghan will line out for Cork Con. Tony McWhirter loses out on a squad place as Andy Ward has been retained.
Ireland A squad: P Wallace (Ulster), A Horgan (Munster), G D'Arcy (Leinster), M Mullins (Munster), J Kelly (Munster), AN Other, T Howe (Ulster), P Burke (Harlequins), B Willis (Leinster), N Doak (Ulster), R Corrigan (Leinster), P Shields (Ulster), G Hickie (Leinster), S Best (Ulster), M Horan (Munster), J Davidson (Ulster), L Cullen (Leinster), AN Other, A Ward (Ulster), A Quinlan (Munster), V Costello (Leinster), K Gleeson (Leinster).