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24 Man Squad Named Ahead of Wales Game

24 Man Squad Named Ahead of Wales Game

Eddie O’Sullivan has named a 24-man squad from which the Ireland team and replacements for the RBS 6 Nations match against Wales, on February 4, will be selected.

Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan has named a 24-man squad from which the team and replacements to play Wales in the opening match of the RBS 6 Nations championship will be selected.

With concerns over Malcolm O’Kelly’s knee injury as well as slight calf strains for both Frankie Sheehan and Rory Best, there are three hookers included in the squad as well as four second rows.

O’Sullivan said: “Malcolm’s knee injury is still a concern for us and we have allowed some more time for it to respond further to treatment. Both Rory (Best) and Frankie (Sheehan) are carrying slight calf strains, so we have named three hookers to give us some back-up in that area.”

The starting XV and replacements for the Welsh encounter will be named next Wednesday (January 31) at 12.45pm.

IRELAND SQUAD (v Wales, Millennium Stadium, Sunday, February 4, kick-off 3pm):


Neil Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Rory Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Simon Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Simon Easterby (Llanelli)
Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)
Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster)
Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
Mick O’Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Malcolm O’Kelly (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Frankie Sheahan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)

BACKS (10) –

Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster)
Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College/Leinster)
Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Denis Hickie (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Geordan Murphy (Leicester)
Brian O’Driscoll (Blackrock College/Leinster) (capt)
Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)