Sexton (right), Ireland’s second highest points scorer of all time, succeeds Rory Best as Ireland captainGuinness Six NationsDates: 1 February-14 MarchCoverage: Watch live coverage on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, Connected TVs and online; listen to match commentaries, shows and podcasts on BBC Radio 5 live, sports extra, BBC Scotland, BBC Ulster, BBC Wales and BBC…

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Sexton (ultimate-making an strive), Eire’s 2d absolute top aspects scorer of all time, succeeds Rory Easiest as Eire captain
Guinness Six International locations
Dates: 1 February-14 March
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Johnny Sexton will prevail Rory Easiest as Eire captain after being chosen to lead Andy Farrell’s first squad.

The Leinster fly-half is a doubt for the delivery of the Six International locations having picked up a knee wretchedness last month but is mute named in the 35-man squad.

Ulster backs John Cooney and Billy Burns were rewarded for their impressive create, but Stuart McCloskey misses out.

Lock Devin Toner could be integrated after his Rugby World Cup squad omission.

Sexton, 34, captained Eire from the delivery for the first time in opposition to Russia on the World Cup, but has long since held a management feature internal the squad.

With 88 worldwide caps, prop Cian Healy (95) is the categorical participant in the squad to bask in made more appearances than the unique skipper.

With Joey Carbery’s wretchedness and Jack Carty’s exclusion, Ross Byrne and Burns, uncapped at worldwide stage, will jostle for the again-up fly-half put and can just earn themselves starting up in opposition to Scotland on 1 February if Sexton is unable to existing his health.

One other huge name facing Farrell is at scrum-half, the put Cooney’s scintillating create at number nine could well see him distress the established Conor Murray for the starting up establish.

Half-again duo Billy Burns and John Cooney were in dazzling create for Ulster this season

Having failed to cement himself in mature head coach Joe Schmidt’s plans, Farrell’s first squad announcement brings more disappointment for centre McCloskey who used to be hopeful of a name-up following some impressive membership create.

Jacob Stockdale will compete for a starting up berth on the wings with Munster duo Andrew Conway and Keith Earls while Jordan Larmour and Will Addison, both having fun with sturdy seasons for their provinces, are the contenders for the beefy-again jersey in the absence of Expend Kearney.

Kearney, 33, used to be uncared for from Farrell’s pre-Christmas practicing squad, even supposing brother Dave does compose it having scored nine tries for Leinster this season.

Along with Expend Kearney, Jordi Murphy, Sean Cronin, Jack Carty and Kieran Marmion bask in also failed to compose the decrease, while John Ryan and Tadhg Beirne are absent.

Fronting up

Dilapidated captain Easiest’s retirement has unfolded heaps of competitors for the hooker’s starting up jersey, with Niall Scannell retaining the feature of change hooker at some stage in the World Cup.

Then once more, Munster’s Scannell is no longer named in Farrell’s squad, which arrangement Ulster’s Expend Herring will fight with Dave Heffernan and Leinster teen Ronan Kelleher for the foundation.

Ulster’s Tom O’Toole is a surprise selection among the front row forwards, and the contingent from the northern province shows the province’s sturdy originate to the campaign.

Farrell finds a suite for 33-year-extinct lock Toner, while Jean Kleyn misses out. The mature’s omission from last year’s World Cup squad in favour of the South African-born Kleyn one in every of basically the most hotly-debated selections of the Schmidt period.

Lock Jean Kleyn is no longer integrated while Devin Toner (ultimate-making an strive) is recalled

There are several unique faces in the again row, with a bunch of kids known as into the fold.

Highly-rated Max Deegan is put to compose his senior bow alongside with Leinster crew-mate Caelan Doris, who bask in impressed for Leo Cullen’s males this season, while Jack O’Donoghe will hope so as to add to his two worldwide caps.

Eire welcome Scotland to the Aviva Stadium for their opening Six International locations stumble upon on 1 February.

Wales shuttle to Dublin the following week, earlier to a outing to Twickenham to face England with video games at home to Italy and away to France rounding out Farrell’s maiden campaign.

Eire’s Six International locations squad:

Hooker: Expend Herring (Ulster), Ronan Kelleher (Leinster), Dave Heffernan (Connacht)

Prop: Cian Healy (Leinster), Dave Kilcoyne (Munster), Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), Andrew Porter (Leinster), Tom O’Toole (Ulster), Jack McGrath (Ulster)

Lock: James Ryan (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Ultan Dillane (Connacht)

Relief row: Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Josh van der Flier (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), Max Deegan (Leinster), Caelan Doris (Leinster), Jack O’Donoghue (Munster)

Scrum-half: Conor Murray (Munster), John Cooney (Ulster), Luke McGrath (Leinster)

Flee-half: Johnny Sexton (Leinster), Ross Byrne (Leinster), Billy Burns (Ulster)

Centre: Bundee Aki (Connacht), Robbie Henshaw (Leinster), Garry Ringrose (Leinster), Chris Farrell (Munster)

Fly: Jacob Stockdale (Ulster), Andrew Conway (Munster), Keith Earls (Munster), Dave Kearney (Leinster)

Fleshy-again: Jordan Larmour (Leinster), Will Addison (Ulster)

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