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Joe Schmidt names 40-man Ireland squad

Eddie Jones names 34-man England squad

According to the Irish Rugby Football Union, Flyhalf Johnny Sexton was included in the 40-man squad for Ireland’s opening two Six Nations games despite suffering another injury at the weekend.

Sexton lasted 21 minutes against Castreson Friday due to a calf injury. He has only played three times for Leinster since he was injured in November and failed to complete a full game on each occasion.

“As always there were some difficult decisions but we feel that the group is a good mix with a number of key players having good experience and a number of newer players having gained valuable experience and confidence during the summer tour to South Africa and the recent series,” coach Joe Schmidt said.

Ireland squad:

Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Rory Best (captain), Jack Conan, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson, Billy Holland, Dave Kilcoyne, Dan Leavy, Jack McGrath, Sean O’Brien, Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony, Donnacha Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, James Tracy, Josh van der Flier

Backs: Tommy Bowe, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Craig Gilroy, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, Rob Kearney, Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Tiernan O’Halloran, Garry Ringrose, Rory Scannell, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo.