Fitzgerald still frozen out

Ireland has recalled the bulk of their World Cup campaigners to their Six Nations squad but still cannot find room for Luke Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, omitted from their World Cup squad, has been in impressive form for Leinster. He has an opportunity to break into the Six Nations group through a strong performance for Ireland B against England on 5 February. Coach Declan Kidney said the match will be used as an opportunity to “look at one or two options” to plug holes in the squad.

Captain Brian O’Driscoll is the most notable omission. He is recovering from a shoulder injury that will keep him sidelined for the entire tournamenty.

Ireland Squad:

Rory Best, Tommy Bowe, Tom Court, Sean Cronin, Leo Cullen, Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls, Stephen Ferris, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Shane Jennings, Rob Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Conor Murray, Sean O’Brien, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Ronan O’Gara, Eoin Reddan, Mike Ross, Donnacha Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Paddy Wallace

Additional players (who will join first week of training camp): Ian Nagle, Peter O’Mahony, Tiernan O’Halloran, Paddy McAllister, Andrew Conway, Simon Zebo