Ireland Name 45-Man Training Squad For Christmas Training Camp
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The Ireland coaching group will host a 24hr mid-season “stocktake” at the IRFU’s High Performance Centre in Dublin across the 22nd and 23rd December ahead of a busy period of interprovincial and European fixtures.
Farrell has named a 45-man squad with four very notable absentees. Leinster’s Sean Cronin and Rob Kearney both miss out as do Connacht’s Jack Carty and Ulster’s Jordi Murphy.
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell commented,
“The national coaches have been around the provinces watching games and having good conversations with players and the provincial coaches.
We have limited opportunities across the busy provincial season to bring a broad group like this together but this 24hr window will allow us to plant a few seeds. It will also give the coaches a better insight into a few players who been performing consistently well for their provinces.
The next six weeks is the window for players to put their hands up for selection for our first squad which will be named in late January ahead of the Six Nations.”
1 Day Mid-Season Stocktake Attendees
Bundee Aki, Caolin Blade, Ultan Dillane, Dave Heffernan, Quinn Roux
Ross Byrne, Will Connors, Max Deegan, Caelan Doris, Tadhg Furlong, Jamison Gibson Park, Cian Healy, Robbie Henshaw, Dave Kearney, Ronan Kelleher, Jordan Larmour, Luke McGrath, Andrew Porter, Garry Ringrose, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, Devin Toner, Josh van der Flier
Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Mike Haley, Dave Kilcoyne, Jean Kleyn, Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony, Niall Scannell, Rory Scannell, CJ Stander
Will Addison, Billy Burns, John Cooney, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Stuart McCloskey, Marty Moore, Tom O’Toole, Jacob Stockdale