Five Connacht Players Named In Squad For Rounds One And Two Of The Six…

first_imgCarty made his Connacht debut in September 2012, the same year he featured for the Ireland U20s at the Junior World Championship. In total he has played 119 times for Connacht and has enjoyed a fine season so far, sitting in 2nd place for most points scored in the Guinness PRO14.Blade’s first Connacht appearance came in December 2014 and has gone on to make 82 appearances for the province, and also represented Ireland at U18 Clubs and U19 level. He is the only player to feature in all 18 of Connacht’s games this season after continuing to impress at scrum-half.Tom Farrell is selected in midfield after a stellar run of form in his second full season at Connacht. He joined from English Championship side Bedford mid-way through the 2016/17 season and has continued to feature heavily.Ultan Dillane will be hoping to add to the 11 Ireland caps – He made his international debut against England in the 2016 Six Nations.Bundee Aki who has been ever-present in the Ireland midfield since starting against South Africa in the 2017 November Series, is also named in Joe Schmidt’s squad.Commenting on the team announcement, head coach Joe Schmidt said, “It’s been great to watch the provincial teams doing so well in recent weeks. With another very competitive round of EPCR this weekend, the following Ireland squad for the first two matches of the Six Nations has been selected, knowing that late changes may be required, depending on how the matches go in the weekend. There have been a number of tight calls across almost every position.”IRELAND squad 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship Rounds 1 & 2Forwards (21)Rory Best (Ulster/Banbridge) 113 caps (c)Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 4 capsJack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 11 capsSean Cronin (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 65 capsUltan Dillane (Connacht/Corinthians) 11 capsTadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 28 capsCian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 84 capsIain Henderson (Ulster/Queens University) 42 capsDave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 24 capsJack McGrath (Leinster/St Marys College) 53 capsJordi Murphy (Ulster/Lansdowne) 26 capsSean O’Brien (Leinster/UCD) 52 capsPeter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 52 caps (vc)Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 11 capsRhys Ruddock (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 21 capsJames Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 13 capsJohn Ryan (Munster/Cork Constitution) 16 capsNiall Scannell (Munster/Dolphin) 11 capsCJ Stander (Munster/Shannon) 28 capsDevin Toner (Leinster/Lansdowne) 63 capsJosh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 13 capsBacks (17)Will Addison (Ulster/Enniskillen) 3 capsBundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 12 capsCaolin Blade (Connacht/Galwegians) 0 capsJoey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 16 capsJack Carty (Connacht/Buccaneers) 0 capsAndrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 10 capsJohn Cooney (Ulster/Terenure College) 4 capsKeith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 72 capsChris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 3 capsTom Farrell (Connacht/TBC) 0 capsRobbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 36 capsRob Kearney (Leinster/UCD) 87 capsJordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 9 capsConor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 67 capsGarry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 17 capsJonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Marys College) 78 caps (vc)Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 14 caps The recent performances of Jack Carty, Caolin Blade and Tom Farrell for Connacht have been recognised with a call-up to the Ireland squad for the upcoming Guinness Six Nations. The inclusion of Bundee Aki and Ultan Dillane brings to five the total number of Connacht named in the 38 man squad. Half-backs Carty and Blade have both come through the Connacht Academy after representing Buccaneers RFC and Monivea RFC respectively at youth level, with Blade going on to play for Galwegians.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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