Ten Munster players in Irish Six Nations squad

Steven Miller

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Steven Miller

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Dave Kilcoyne, Felix Jones, Ian Keatley and Tommy O’Donnell are among the ten Munster players named in Ireland’s extended squad for the upcoming 6 Nations squad.

Dave Kilcoyne, Felix Jones, Ian Keatley and Tommy O’Donnell are among the ten Munster players named in Ireland’s extended squad for the upcoming 6 Nations squad.

But there is no place for Simon Zebo who is still returning from injury or Donnacha Ryan who is also ruled out.

Captain Paul O’Connell leads the Munster contingent while Damien Varley, Stephen Archer, Peter O’Mahony, Kilcoyne and O’Donnell are also among the 24 forwards named. Keith Earls, Conor Murray, Jones and Keatley are among the 20 backs. Interestingly, Robin Copeland of the Cardiff Blues, who will be joining Munster next season, is also included for the first time.

Ireland open their 6 Nations campaign at home to Scotland on Sunday, February 2, and are at home to Wales six days later. However, a number of the squad could be in action with the Ireland ‘A’ team that take on England on Saturday, January 25.

Ireland Extended 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship Squad

Forwards (24)

Rodney Ah You (Buccaneers/Connacht)*

Stephen Archer (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)

Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)*

Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster)*

Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)

Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster)

Rob Herring (Ballinahinch/Ulster)*

David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Mike McCarthy (Leinster)

Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)*

Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)*

Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)

Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)

Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster)

Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster)

Damian Varley (Garryowen/Munster)

Backs (20)

Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster)

Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)

Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)

Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster)

David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)

Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)

Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)*

Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)

Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)

Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster)

Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92)

Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

*Denotes uncapped player