Ireland 45 Man Training Squad

So Faz Sr. has released his first training squad.

Plenty to be positive about with real competition at prop, Kelleher at hooker, Toner back in the fold, some real tyros for the back row (esp. Doris), Cooney the outstanding Irish player of the season so far, Ringrose and Larmour in fantastic form.

Delighted to see McCloskey included – he has been playing really well for Ulster and has a right to feel a little forgotten over the last few seasons.

I think not bringing Rob Kearney is the right call too – has been outstanding for Ireland over the years, but no longer represents the future. Cronin, a great hooker who would have had many many morebcaps werebit notbfor Best’s leadership is also looking at the end of international rugby. When will Sexton be seen in the same light??