Six Nations: Ireland leave Simon Zebo and Craig Gilroy out of squad to face Scotland
Ireland have left wing Simon Zebo out of their squad for their first two Six Nations games.
Last Updated: 27/01/14 7:33pm
Munster star Zebo has only just returned to action after three months out with a broken foot, and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is not taking a chance on him for the first two games against Scotland and Wales.
Ulster wing Craig Gilroy also failed to make the 34-man squad after his underwhelming performance for the Wolfhounds against England Saxons last weekend.
Cardiff Blues No 8 Robin Copeland, Leinster tighthead Martin Moore and Leinster back-row Jordi Murphy are the three uncapped players in the squad.
Moore has the best chance of making the 23-man squad for the opening match with Scotland in Dublin on Sunday.
Robbie Diack, Kieran Marmion, and Rodney Ah You have all been released from the squad along with Munster fly-half Ian Keatley, Stephen Archer - who is suffering from concussion - and his fellow Munster-prop Dave Kilcoyne.
Isaac Boss - who turned in a superb, man-of-the-match performance for the Wolfhounds in their victory at Kingsholm - is also left out, with Schmidt selecting just two scrum-halves in Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray.
Forwards (18): Rory Best (Ulster), Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Mike McCarthy (Leinster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Martin Moore (Leinster), Jordi Murphy (Leinster), Paul O'Connell (Munster), Tommy O'Donnell (Munster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Rhys Ruddock (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster)
Backs (16): Darren Cave (Ulster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Connacht), Paddy Jackson (Ulster), Felix Jones (Munster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), David Kearney (Leinster), Ian Madigan (Leinster) Luke Marshall (Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro), Andrew Trimble (Ulster)