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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Squad For Six Nations Tie With England

Amid a mounting injury crisis with Mike McCarthy, Seán O’Brien and Dave Kearney all ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations Championship, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has delivered some good news on the injury front.

Following an impressive and hard-fought win over Cardiff on Saturday, Leinster props Cian Healy and Mike Ross return to the Ireland squad. This is a big boost considering Ireland were destroyed at scrum-time in Paris.

Ross is Ireland’s first choice tighthead, and he will stabilise the set-piece on Saturday. Meanwhile, Healy’s return adds competition on the other side of the scrum, although he may not start ahead of Jack McGrath. Nonetheless, ‘Church’, who signed a new contract with the IRFU last week, will add serious impact off the bench in the second half.

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 18: Ireland player Cian Healy in action during Ireland Captains Run ahead of their opening 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Canada at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ireland squad to face England:

Forwards (18)
Finlay Bealham
Rory Best
Sean Cronin
Ultan Dillane
David Foley
Cian Healy
Jamie Heaslip
Jack McGrath
Jordi Murphy
Tommy O’Donnell
Mike Ross
Rhys Ruddock
Donnacha Ryan
CJ Stander
Richardt Strauss
Devin Toner
Josh van der Flier
Nathan White

Backs (16)
Keith Earls
Craig Gilroy
Robbie Henshaw
Patrick Jackson
Rob Kearney
Ian Madigan
Kieran Marmion
Luke Marshall
Stuart McCloskey
Fergus McFadden
Conor Murray
Jared Payne
Eoin Reddan
Jonathan Sexton
Andrew Trimble
Simon Zebo

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Hat-tip to The Irish Independent.

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Author: The PA Team

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