James Lowe has been brought back into the Ireland squad ahead of Sunday's Guinness Six Nations clash against Italy, while his Leinster team-mate Jimmy O'Brien gets a first call-up.

The squad will gather at Carton House on Monday evening having completed a two-day camp at the IRFU High Performance Centre last Thursday and Friday.

Fourteen players were released to play with their provinces at the weekend, and they all come back to the group today.

Lowe, who missed the Six Nations games against Wales and France due to injury, scored a brilliant 56th-minute try for Leinster in their 29-7 United Rugby Championship win over the Ospreys at the RDS.

His form and fitness is an obvious boost for Andy Farrell, while versatile Kildare back O'Brien has been rewarded for his good recent performances.

"I'm delighted for both of them," said Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster.

"Obviously, Lowey's had a frustrating period with injury. It was great for him to get that confidence and you could see that smile on his face again.

"I’m really delighted for Jimmy, I think he more than deserved it.

"I thought he was excellent in the European game against Bath and he’s continued that form.

"He’s such a versatile player and he can play any position in the backline.

"He’s got good speed, endurance, a really good kicking game, good game-understanding, he deserves his call-up. I’m super excited for him."

Jack Carty, Dave Heffernan (Connacht), Ryan Baird, Cian Healy, Jordan Larmour (Leinster), Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes, Dave Kilcoyne (Munster) and Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Michael Lowry, Tom O'Toole, Nick Timoney, Kieran Treadwell (Ulster) return from club duty as preparation begins for the Dublin showdown with the Italians.

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