Munster’s representation in the Ireland squad is now down to just three players after Tommy O’Donnell was dropped from the matchday squad for Saturday’s Six Nations game against England.
And the game has also come too soon for Donnacha Ryan as Iain Henderson is named as the second-row cover on the bench.
Leinster’s Jordi Murphy is in line for his first cap after being preferred to O’Donnell who returns to Munster ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Ospreys.
Dave Kilcoyne and Felix Jones also didn’t make the cut and will now return to the province.
Joe Schmidt has named an unchanged team for the Twickenham showdown with England. Paul O’Connell again captains the team while he is joined by Munster colleagues Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray.
The team in full is: Rob Kearney; Andrew Trimble, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Dave Kearney; Jonny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross; Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy, Isaac Boss, Paddy Jackson, Fergus McFadden
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