SIX NATIONS

Ireland recall Healy and Ross for Twickenham test

The Leinster duo return to fitness in time for Saturday's showdown with England. Joe Schmidt's team will be desperate to put points on the board following the France defeat.

Ireland recall Healy and Ross for Twickenham test

Ireland have handed recalls to fit-again props Cian Healy and Mike Ross ahead of Saturday's Six Nations match against England at Twickenham.

The Leinster pair were named in a 34-man squad to prepare for the match with injury-hit Ireland having just one point from the first two games in the tournament.

Lock Dave Foley has replaced Mike McCarthy, sidelined with concussion, Jordi Murphy comes in for hamstring injury victim Sean O'Brien and Ulster's Craig Gilroy replaces Dave Kearney who has a painful shoulder injury.

Healy and Ross came through Leinster's 14-13 Pro12 victory at Cardiff on Saturday unscathed, and are now set for their first outings in this term's Six Nations.

"Cian Healy and Mike Ross return to the squad after proving their fitness", Ireland confirmed in a statement.

"Dave Foley, Jordi Murphy and Craig Gilroy come in for the injured trio of Mike McCarthy, Sean O'Brien and Dave Kearney".

Johnny Sexton has been named in Ireland's training squad as expected, despite turning his ankle in last week's open training session.

Ireland's coaches predicted Sexton would be back in full training on Monday, and expect their first choice fly-half to be fully fit in time to face England.