Farrell included in Ireland squad for Italy trip but no Ringrose, Ruddock or Addison

IRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt has named a 34-man squad ahead of this weekend’s Six Nations fixture in Rome. 

Having bounced back from an opening round defeat to England with victory over Scotland 10 days ago, the reigning champions face Conor O’Shea’s side at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Munster centre Chris Farrell, who has been nursing a knee injury picked up in the Pro14 win over Southern Kings last Friday, is included and trained today after being deemed fit by the Ireland medical team. 

However, Leinster centre Garry Ringrose and his club-mate Rhy Ruddock both miss out through hamstring injuries. 

Ulster’s Will Addison is another absentee due to stiffness in his lower back. 

Garry Ringrose won’t be involved this weekend. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne both return to the set-up, although the former faces a disciplinary hearing today after being cited for an incident involving Sam Cross during Friday’s Pro14 win over the Ospreys. 

Andrew Porter has been omitted from the squad in order to get game time in Leinster’s Pro14 clash with the Kings on Friday.

Ireland squad v Italy

Front rows:

Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, Dave Kilcoyne, Tadhg Furlong, John Ryan, Rory Best, Sean Cronin, Niall Scannell

Second rows:

James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux

Back rows:

Peter O’Mahony, Jack Conan, Sean O’Brien, Jordi Murphy, Josh van der Flier


Conor Murray, John Cooney, Caolin Blade, Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty


Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Chris Farrell, Tom Farrell

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Back threes:

Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Jacob Stockdale, Adam Byrne, Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway

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