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Uncapped Players Who Were Unlucky To Miss Out On Ireland Six Nations Squad

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As with every Ireland squad announcement, there are always a number of players who many believe have earned a call-up. Here we take a look at some still uncapped players who have missed out on selection, be it through injury or otherwise.

Rory O’Loughlin

The 23 year old wing/centre has been a revelation for Leinster this season since his debut against Treviso in the Pro12 opener. Since scoring his first senior try in Franklin’s Gardens in early December, O’Loughlin has a hit a run of try-scoring form, scoring six in his next six games. The St Michael’s man tops Leinster charts for metres gained (542) and clean breaks (13) in the Pro12.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Rory O'Loughlin of Leinster beats Ben Foden to the high ball to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster at Franklin's Gardens on December 9, 2016 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Adam Byrne

Like his fellow winger O’Loughlin, Byrne has hit run of great form this season. Since making his debut all the way back in 2012, Byrne’s career has been halted by a succession of injuries.

He has scored eight tries in 10 appearances this season and has nailed down a starting wing slot. The Kildare man was even selected by Will Greenwood in a Lions XV. Many expected Byrne to get a call-up to the training squad at the very least.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Adam Byrne of Leinster runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster at Franklin's Gardens on December 9, 2016 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Darren Sweetnam

Unlike his Leinster counterparts, Sweetnam has made the trip to Carton House before. The winger suffered a knee injury in the St Stephen’s Day clash with Leinster. This led to the Corkman being ruled out for a number of weeks. ‘Sweets’ was very likely to earn a call-up after being one of Munster’s most consistent performers this season. Every cloud has a silver lining for some however, with his replacement, Andrew Conway earning the call-up after a number of strong showings.

LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 10: Darren Sweetnam of Munster takes on Adam Thompstone (C) and Tom Youngs during the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 10, 2016 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Denis Buckley

The Connacht loosehead is probably one of the most unlucky players in Irish rugby. Buckley has to compete with a former Lion, this year’s likely first choice Lions number one, and the dynamic ball carrier that is Dave Kilcoyne for a place in an Irish team.

Buckley is one of the fittest props around, often completing 80 minutes.  It seems it will take a plethora of injuries for the Roscommon man to get his call-up.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Denis Buckley of Connacht looks to pass the ball during the European Champions Cup match between Wasps and Connacht at the Ricoh Arena on December 11, 2016 in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Author: The PA Team

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