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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has added John Cooney and Harry Byrne to his squad ahead of Sunday's Guinness Six Nations game against France.

They've been drafted in as cover after Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton were ruled out of the clash with Les Blues at the Aviva Stadium.

Murray has a hamstring issue while Sexton failed to come through the H-I-A return to play protocols.

21-year-old Byrne is uncapped while Cooney hasn't played for Ireland since last year's defeat to England in the Six Nations.

Meanwhile, Iain Henderson took Ireland for his maiden captain's run at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The Ulster lock will skipper Andy Farrell's side against France in their first home tie of this campaign.

Billy Burns is set to play at fly-half with Munster's Craig Casey in line to win his first cap from the bench.


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