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Trinity Sport Scholar and DUFC’S Ryan Baird named as Development Player in Ireland Six Nations Squad

Published: January 16th, 2020

Trinity Sport Scholar and Dublin University Football Club (DUFC) men’s player Ryan Baird has been selected as one of four development players included in the Six Nations squad announced yesterday by new head coach Andy Farrell. The 20 year old lock has previously represented Ireland at under-18 schools and under-19 level, Baird also played a key role in Ireland’s under-20’s last February when they won a Six Nations Grand Slam.
Andy Farrell has named a 35-player squad which will be captained by Johnny Sexton for the upcoming 2020 Guinness Six Nations Championship. The coaching group named the four development players including Ryan Baird, Robert Baloucoune, Harry Byrne and Will Connors who will train with the squad at the warm weather camp in Portugal and in the lead up to the opening game against Scotland.
Ireland Head Coach, Andy Farrell commented: “At the get together in December we challenged the players to put their hands up for selection and the coaches are really pleased with the performances in recent weeks. As we progress through the Championship, we will look to select sides that we believe are best suited to the task at the weekend.”
“We will keep a close eye on the provincial performances in the PRO14 not just for the players in the squad that will transition back for game minutes but also for those players that were part of the wider selection over the past few weeks. The provinces are doing a great job in developing young talent and we feel there is an opportunity in the national set up to support that work and get a better insight into some young players that have put in some strong performances for their provinces. Ryan, Will, Harry and Robert will be the first ones to join the squad in this development role.”
Ireland open their 2020 Guinness Six Nations campaign against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, February 1 before welcoming Wales to the Aviva a week later.

Ireland 2020 Guinness Six Nations Squad

Forwards (19)
Max Deegan (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
Caelan Doris (UCD/Leinster)*
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 14 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 41 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 95 caps
Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht) 1 cap
Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 53 caps
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 8 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 36 caps
Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Ulster) 56 caps
Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) 2 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 64 caps
Tom O’Toole (Banbridge/Ulster)*
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 23 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 23 caps
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 38 caps
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 67 caps
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 23 caps

Backs (16)
Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) 4 caps
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 23 caps
Billy Burns (Ulster)*
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 18 caps
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 8 caps
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 82 caps
Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 9 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 40 caps
Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 19 caps
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 21 caps
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 19 caps
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 78 caps
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 28 caps
Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 88 caps CAPTAIN
Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 25 caps
*Uncapped at This Level

Decelpoment Players
Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster)
Robert Baloucoune (Enniskillen/Ulster)
Harry Byrne (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Will Connors (UCD/Leinster).

Ireland 2020 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures And Kick-Off Times:

  • Ireland v Scotland, Saturday, February 1, 2020, Aviva Stadium, KO 16:45
  • Ireland v Wales, Saturday, February 8, 2020, Aviva Stadium, KO 14:15
  • England v Ireland, Sunday, February 23, 2020, Twickenham Stadium, KO 15:00
  • Ireland v Italy, Saturday, March 7, 2020, Aviva Stadium, KO 14:15
  • France v Ireland, Saturday, March 14, 2020, Stade de France, KO 20:00