Farrell names 35-man Ireland squad for Championship restart

The Ireland team during the anthems 23/2/2020
Andy Farrell has named a 35-man Ireland squad which includes six uncapped players for the final two rounds of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.

Andy Farrell has named a 35-man Ireland squad which includes six uncapped players for the final two rounds of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.

Ryan Baird, Ed Byrne, Will Connors, Shane Daly, Hugo Keenan and Jamison Gibson Park have all be selected for the squad, which will be captained by Johnny Sexton.

While Baird and Connors have been involved in national camps before it will be a first time with the national squad for the other uncapped players selected by Farrell.

In addition Harry Byrne, Craig Casey, James Lowe, James Tracy and Fineen Wycherley will train with the squad next week at IRFU High Performance Centre in Dublin.

Ireland take on Italy at the Aviva Stadium on October 24 before facing France in Paris the following weekend (October 31st), with Farrell’s men currently sitting fourth in the standings.

They are one point behind Scotland and four points behind England and France, who have all played an extra game, and know two bonus point wins would secure them the title.

Back in February before the Championship was suspended, Ireland recorded wins over Scotland (19-12) and Wales (24-12) before losing to England (12-24) at Twickenham.

Farrell said: “There has been a huge effort right across Irish Rugby to ensure that the professional game could return safely and that work is greatly appreciated by the national management.

“We have protocols in place to safeguard the welfare of the players and staff and are looking forward to completing the Six Nations Championships.

“We have two competitions to play in over the coming months but will focus first on a strong finish to the Six Nations Championships.

“The return to rugby has not been without its challenges as some players have suffered injury setbacks and there has been limited playing opportunities ahead of a busy and exciting international window.

“We will be closely monitoring the form and fitness of players competing in the Guinness PRO14 over the coming weeks.”

Ireland Squad 2020 Guinness 6 Nations Championships Round 4 & 5


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 CAPTAIN

Jacob Stockdale (Ulster) 28 caps


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

Training with Squad w/c 12th October

Harry Byrne (Leinster) uncapped

Craig Casey (Munster) uncapped

James Lowe (Leinster) uncapped

James Tracy (Leinster) 6 caps

Fineen Wycherley (Munster) uncapped