The Ireland Coaching Group have named a 37 man squad for the final two rounds of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Ireland travel to Cardiff in Round 4 to take on Wales at the Principality Stadium on Friday 9th March before hosting England on Saturday 18th March at the Aviva Stadium.
Jared Payne makes a welcome return to the squad for the first time since he picked up an injury against Australia in the Guinness Series last November.
The 37 man squad also sees the return of Joey Carbery who also featured for Ireland in that game.
Another player named is Ultan Dillane – the Tralee man was originally omitted from the squad list, but it’s now been confirmed by the IRFU the 23 year old is among the players included.
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (c) 102 caps
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 1 cap
Ultan Dillane (Galway Corinthians/Connacht) 10
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 14 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 65 caps
Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) (vc) 94 caps
Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 30 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 17 caps
Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 1 cap
Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 39 caps
Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 47 caps
Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster) 12 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 38 caps
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 1 cap
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster) 45 caps
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 4 cap
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 2 cap
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 13 caps
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 45 caps
James Tracy (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 3 caps
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) *
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 57 caps
Craig Gilroy (Bangor/Ulster) 10 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 27 caps
Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 22 caps
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 75 caps
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 11 caps
Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster) 9 caps
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 1 cap
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 56 caps
Tiernan O’Halloran (Buccaneers/Connacht) 3 caps
Jared Payne (Ulster) 19 caps
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 6 caps
Jonathan Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 64 caps
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 70 caps
Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 31 caps
Leinster are set to sign Australian second row Scott Fardy on a two-year deal.
Fardy has told the Canberra Times in his native country that he is relishing the prospect of joining the province following the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
The 32 year old has 39 caps for his country and started in six of Australia’s seven games in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.