Ireland have named their training squad for Sunday's Six Nations clash with France and there is no place for either Sean Cronin or Robbie Henshaw, while the game comes too soon for Joey Carbery.

Hooker Cronin started his first Six Nations game against Italy in round three but failed to take his chance and Ulster's Rob Herring is included alongside captain Rory Best and Niall Scannell.

Leinster's Ross Byrne is back in the panel as one of four out-halves including Johnny Sexton, Jack Carty and Joey Carbery. 

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While Carbery is named in the squad, forwards coach Simon Easterby said that the Munster man is a doubt as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.  

"Joey trained today and ran and conditioned pretty well. It might be just a little bit too soon for him," Easterby told RTÉ Sport.

"I'd say he's unlikely to feature this week. He's probably recovered quicker than we expected but if he is 50/50, you wouldn't play a player."

Flanker Dan Leavy is again ruled out with an ankle problem while scrum-half Kieran Marmion is back in coach Joe Schmidt's plans for the first time in 2019 following ankle surgery.

Henshaw, who missed out against Scotland and Italy with a dead leg, has not recovered as quickly as hoped and sits out the Aviva clash.

"They can be nasty if they don't quite get right," said Easterby. "It's treated quite cautiously when they're quite deep and fortunately for Rob, he's just not getting it right and the medics are working hard to try to improve that but again, that might not happen quick enough."

Easterby said it was "possible" that Henshaw and Leavy would be ready to face Wales on 16 March.

"It's about making sure they're right and ready to play and not compromising their return.

"With the short turnaround the week after, it would be great if we could have some fresh bodies coming back in, but it might be too soon for both of them."

Defending champions Ireland, who are third in the standings behind England and leaders Wales, will name their team for the match on Friday. 


Forwards (21)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 115 caps (c)

Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 4 caps

Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 12 caps

Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 13 caps

Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 31 caps

Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 86 caps

Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 43 caps

Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 7 caps

Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 27 caps

Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 54 caps

Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 27 caps

Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 55 caps

Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 55 caps (vc)

Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 13 caps

Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 11 caps

Rhys Ruddock (Lansdowne/Leinster) 21 caps

James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps

John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 17 caps

Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 12 caps

CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 29 caps

Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 16 caps

Backs (16)

Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 15 caps

Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps

Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 18 caps

Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 1 cap

Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 11 caps

John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 7 caps

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 75 caps

Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps

Tom Farrell (Coolmine/Connacht) 0 caps

Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 89 caps

Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 11 caps

Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 24 caps

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 70 caps

Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 18 caps

Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 81 caps (vc)

Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 17 caps

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