The reduced squad of 22 from which the Ireland team to play Italy inthe RBSSix Nations Championship at Lansdowne Road on March 20th, will be named later this week.
The team to play Italy will be announced at City West Hotel, Banqueting Centre on Tuesday, March 16th at 12.45 pm. The Ireland squad of 31 is:
Forwards: Simon Best (Ulster - Belfast Harlequins) Shane Byrne(Leinster -Blackrock College), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster - Greystones), VictorCostello(Leinster - St. Mary's College), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), AnthonyFoley(Munster - Shannon), Keith Gleeson (Leinster - St. Mary's College),JohnHayes (Munster - Shannon), Marcus Horan (Munster - Shannon), BernardJackman(Connacht - Clontarf), Gary Longwell (Ulster - Ballymena), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster - Cork Constitution), Paul O'Connell (Munster -Young
Backs: Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster - Lansdowne), Neil Doak (Ulster -BelfastHarlequins), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster - Terenure College), GuyEasterby(Rotherham), Shane Horgan (Leinster - Lansdowne), Tyrone Howe (Ulster-Dungannon), David Humphreys (Ulster - Dungannon), John Kelly (Munster- CorkConstitution), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), BrianO'Driscoll (Leinster - Blackrock College), Ronan O'Gara (Munster - CorkConstitution), Peter Stringer (Munster - Shannon), Paddy Wallace(Ulster -Ballymena), Darren Yapp (Connacht - Buccaneers).