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Connacht lock call-up Ultan Dillane has been recalled to the Ireland squad in place of the injured Ryan Baird

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Ryan Baird has been called up the Ireland squad

Ryan Baird has been called up the Ireland squad

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Ryan Baird has been called up the Ireland squad

Connacht lock Ultan Dillane has been recalled to the Ireland squad in place of the injured Ryan Baird. Baird had been in line to make his international debut in the coming weeks, but an adductor strain picked up whilst playing for Leinster last weekend, has ruled the 21-year old out of Ireland's remaining two Six Nations games. Dillane joined up with the squad today as Andy Farrell's squad met up for the first time ahead of their meeting with Italy on Saturday week. As confirmed earlier this week, Jordan Larmour will not be available for any of the upcoming international window after the Leinster man dislocated his shoulder against Benetton. As things stand, Farrell has opted against calling up a replacement for the stricken Larmour. Peter O’Mahony and Chris Farrell were identified as close contacts in Munster last week, but the pair are said to be Covid-19 clear, and will complete the required period of isolation before joining the Ireland squad on Monday. In other injury news, Johnny Sexton (hamstring), Rónan Kelleher (quad) and Andrew Porter (hamstring) will be monitored this week with a view to training on Monday. Connacht front-row duo Finlay Bealham and Dave Heffernan are following the return to play protocols. All players and management produced negative PCR tests on Monday ahead of entering national camp today.

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