Best and Horan in Ireland 'A' squad
January 26, 2010
Murcus Horan could return to action with Ireland 'A' © Getty Images
Ulster hooker Best has been named in the squad after returning ahead of schedule from a neck injury, while Horan made his Munster comeback against Northampton last weekend following surgery. Best is back full training with Ulster and played for Banbridge in the AIB League at the weekend.
The duo are joined in the squad by Ulster skipper Paddy Wallace, Munster scrum-half Peter Stringer and Leinster flanker Shane Jennings.
The 22 has been selected from the wider 44-man Six Nations panel named by head coach Declan Kidney. Several front-line Test players have sat out training this week following Heineken Cup action, with several players sat out training today with the Ireland senior squad in Limerick. Donncha O'Callaghan (knee), Sean Cronin (sprained ankle) and Stephen Ferris (shin) all resting.
Ireland 'A' squad: Rory Best (Ulster), Isaac Boss (Ulster), Tony Buckley (Munster), Ryan Caldwell (Ulster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Ian Dowling (Munster), John Fogarty (Leinster), Marcus Horan (Munster), Ian Humphreys (Ulster), Denis Hurley (Munster), Shane Jennings (Leinster), Keith Matthews (Connacht), John Muldoon (Connacht), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Johne Murphy (Leicester), Mick O'Driscoll (Munster), Sean O'Brien (Leinster), Niall Ronan (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Peter Stringer (Munster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Paddy Wallace (Ulster)
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