Cork rookie Shane Daly selected in Ireland rugby squad for Six Nations

Cork rookie Shane Daly selected in Ireland rugby squad for Six Nations

Cork native Shane Daly during a Munster Rugby training session. This week he links up with the Ireland squad. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

THERE are three Cork players in the Irish squad for the delayed Six Nations Championship, including newcomer Shane Daly.

The Bishopstown native joins Peter O'Mahony and John Ryan in the panel, while Skibbereen's Fineen Wycherley is also training with the group this week.

Daly played Schools Cup rugby with Pres and impressed with Cork Constitution before nailing down a squad berth with Munster. Dynamic and capable of playing in a number of positions in the backs, the 23-year-old has scored some impressive tries in the Pro14 last season.

Munster’s Shane Daly and Eroni Sau of Edinburgh. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Munster’s Shane Daly and Eroni Sau of Edinburgh. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Ireland coach Andy Farrell explained: “There has been a huge effort right across Irish Rugby to ensure that the professional game could return safely and that work is greatly appreciated by the national management. 

"We have protocols in place to safeguard the welfare of the players and staff and are looking forward to completing the Six Nations Championships.

"We have two competitions to play in over the coming months but will focus first on a strong finish to the 6 Nations Championships."

Ireland face Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, October 24 before facing France in Paris the following Saturday.

Ireland are fourth in the table, one behind Scotland and four points behind England and France who have all played an extra game. 

Before lockdown, Ireland beat Scotland and Wales before losing to England at Twickenham.

Ireland Squad 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship:   

BACKS: 

Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 26 caps 

Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 6 caps 

Jack Carty (Connacht/Buccaneers) 10 caps 

Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 21 caps 

Shane Daly (Munster/Cork Con) uncapped 

Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 9 caps 

Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) uncapped 

Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 43 caps 

Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) uncapped 

Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 24 caps 

Kieran Marmion (Connacht/Corinthians) 27 caps 

Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 3 caps 

Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 81 caps 

Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 29 caps 

Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 91 caps 

Jacob Stockdale (Ulster/Lurgan) 28 caps 

FORWARDS: 

Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) uncapped 

Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Corinthians) 9 caps 

Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 13 caps 

Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) uncapped 

Will Connors (Leinster/UCD) uncapped 

Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 17 caps 

Caelan Doris (Leinster/UCD) 2 caps 

Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 98 caps 

Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 1 cap

Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 55 caps 

Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 11 caps 

Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 3 caps

Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 67 caps 

Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 26 caps 

Quinn Roux (Connacht/Galwegians) 12 caps 

James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 26 caps 

John Ryan (Munster/Cork Constitution) 21 caps 

CJ Stander (Munster/Shannon) 41 caps 

Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 26 caps 

TRAINING WITH THE SQUAD:

Harry Byrne (Leinster/Lansdowne) uncapped 

Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) uncapped 

James Lowe (Leinster) uncapped James Tracy (Leinster/UCD) 6 caps 

Fineen Wycherley (Munster/Young Munster) uncapped

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