Two uncapped players named in Ireland's Six Nations squad

Tanya Simon
January 26, 2021

Ireland coach Andy Farrell has recalled star prop Tadhg Furlong and twinkle-toed back Jordan Larmour to his squad for the Six Nations after both Leinster players missed the Autumn Nations Cup.

Twenty one-year-old Craig Casey made his first Guinness PRO14 start for Munster just 13 months ago in the win away to Connacht in December 2019.

Fly-half Johnny Sexton will captain his country for a second successive Championship campaign, while Iain Henderson, Tadhg Furlong, Peter O'Mahony and James Lowe were all selected, despite injury concerns.

Ireland begin the championship away to Wales on February 7 before hosting France a week later and concluding the campaign at home to holders England on March 20.

Experienced prop Furlong has not played for nearly a year due to back, calf and hamstring problems, while Ulster captain Henderson has been sidelined since suffering knee ligament damage in the Autumn Nations Cup win over Scotland early last month.

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Munster scrum-half Craig Casey and Ulster prop Tom O'Toole are the only two uncapped players in the 36-man squad, with Casey included ahead of Leinster's Luke McGrath and Ulster's John Cooney.

But full-back Jacob Stockdale is unavailable for Ireland's opener against Wales in Cardiff on February 7 because of injury.

Both players will be assessed further when they link up with the Ireland squad tomorrow, but Lancaster hopes to be able to call upon Furlong before he joins the worldwide set-up next week.

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