Ireland name Six Nations squad
Ireland have named a squad of 45 players who will form the senior and 'A' sides for this year's Lloyd's TSB Six Nations Championship.
The squad includes 16 members of the current Munster squad and has 15 players without full International experience.
All three scrum halves are from Munster with Peter Stringer joining World Cup squad members Tom Tierney and Brian O'Mera, while six other members of that World Cup squad are missing, with no places found for Matt Mostyn, Jonathan Bell,Reggie Corrigan, Angus McKeen, Gordon D'Arcy or the injured David Corkery.
Girvan Dempsey, who missed the World Cup through injury returns, and there is also a spot for Llanelli flanker Simon Easterby who impressed for the Scarlets against Ulster this season.
The panel will have their first training session on January 17 and 18.
Ireland's first match in the Six Nations Championship is against England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 5.
Backs: - (21) - Tom Tierney (Garryowen), Peter Stringer (Shannon), Brian O'Meara (Cork Constitution), Kieran Campbell (London Irish), Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution), David Humphreys (Dungannon), Eric Elwood (Galwegians), Jeremy Staunton (Garryowen), Shane Horgan (Lansdowne), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Mike Mullins (Young Munster), Brian O'Driscoll (Blackrock College), Mel Deane (Buccaneers), John Kelly (Cork Constitution)), Justin Bishop (London Irish), James Topping (Ballymena), Denis Hickie (St. Mary's College), Girvan Dempsey (Terenure College), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Conor O'Shea (London Irish), Peter McKenna (St. Mary's College).
Forwards: - (24) - Peter Clohessy (Young Munster), Justin Fitzpatrick (Dungannon), Marcus Horan (Shannon), Martin Cahill (Buccaneers), John Hayes (Shannon), Paul Wallace (Saracens), Keith Wood (Garryowen), Ross Nesdale (Newcastle), Frank Sheehan (Cork Constitution), Bernard Jackman (Clontarf), Malcolm O'Kelly (St. Mary's College), Mick Galwey (Shannon), Robert Casey (Blackrock College), Jeremy Davidson (Castres), Paddy Johns (Dungannon), Eric Miller (Terenure College), Trevor Brennan (St. Mary's College), Anthony Foley (Shannon), Dion O'Cuinneagain (Ballymena), Alan Quinlan (Shannon), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Kieron Dawson (London Irish), David Wallace (Garryowen), Andy Ward (Ballynahinch)