O'Donoghue receives Ireland call-up for final two games

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Munster back row Jack O'Donoghue has been called into Ireland's squad for their final two Six Nations games.

The defending champions will finish what has been a disappointing campaign for Joe Schmidt's men, who have drawn with Wales and been beaten by France and England.

With their hopes of winning the title for a third straight year now over, Schmidt has moved to give O'Donoghue an opportunity, including him in the 35-man squad for the home matches against Italy and Scotland.

Schmidt's inclusion of the uncapped O'Donoghue is the only change to the Ireland squad, although prop Finlay Bealham will also be looking to earn his first cap for the senior side. 

Ireland host Italy on Saturday before welcoming Scotland to Dublin a week later.

 

Ireland squad in full:

Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Rory Best (Captain), Sean Cronin, Ultan Dillane, David Foley, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Tommy O'Donnell, Jack O'Donoghue, Mike Ross, Rhys Ruddock, Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner, Josh van der Flier, Nathan White.

Backs: Keith Earls, Craig Gilroy, Robbie Henshaw, Patrick Jackson, Rob Kearney, Ian Madigan, Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Fergus McFadden, Conor Murray, Jared Payne, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo.