Robbie Henshaw ruled out and Sean Cronin dropped from 37-man squad for France clash

Robbie Henshaw ruled out and Sean Cronin dropped from 37-man squad for France clash

Robbie Henshaw will miss Ireland's Six Nations clash with France on Sunday.

The Ireland back has been ruled out through injury after his recovery from a dead leg took longer than anticipated.

Joe Schmidt had given Henshaw every chance to prove his fitness, taking the unusual step of delaying confirmation of his squad until this morning, but Sunday's game will come too soon for Henshaw.

The Leinster star has not featured since Ireland's 32-20 opening-round defeat to England, where he was deployed at full-back for just the second time in his Test career.

Robbie Henshaw ruled out and Sean Cronin dropped from 37-man squad for France clash

Sean Cronin has been dropped from the 37-man squad just a week after his first Six Nations start in 68 international appearances.

The 32-year-old has been replaced by Ulster hooker Rob Herring, who will compete with captain Rory Best and Niall Scannell for the position.

Robbie Henshaw ruled out and Sean Cronin dropped from 37-man squad for France clash

There was better news for Joey Carbery, however, as the fly-half's recovery from a hamstring injury has progressed well enough to see him included.

Last week, Schmidt said if Carbery can train on Wednesday and Friday, he'll be considered for the squad to play France. The head coach has decided to add extra cover for the position, though, with Ross Byrne joining Johnny Sexton, Carbery, and Jack Carty in the squad.

Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion returns from injury to take his place in the squad ahead of his provincial teammate Caolin Blade. Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander, Jordan Larmour, and Tadhg Beirne are all passed fit after missing the win over Italy.

Back-row Dan Leavy misses out, although his comeback from a calf injury continues to move closer. He will continue to increase his running volume outside of team training this week.

Schmidt will name his matchday-23 on Friday.

Ireland Squad 2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 4

Forwards (21)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 115 caps (c)

Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 4 caps

Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 12 caps

Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 13 caps

Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 31 caps

Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 86 caps

Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 43 caps

Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 7 caps

Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 27 caps

Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 54 caps

Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 27 caps

Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) 55 caps

Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 55 caps (vc)

Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 13 caps

Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 11 caps

Rhys Ruddock (Lansdowne/Leinster) 21 caps

James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps

John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 17 caps

Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 12 caps

CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 29 caps

Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 16 caps

Backs (16)

Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 15 caps

Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps

Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 18 caps

Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 1 cap

Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 11 caps

John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 7 caps

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 75 caps

Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 5 caps

Tom Farrell (Coolmine/Connacht) 0 caps

Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 89 caps

Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 11 caps

Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht) 24 caps

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 70 caps

Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 18 caps

Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 81 caps (vc)

Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 17 caps

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