Healy and Ross in line to come to Ireland’s aid for crucial England clash

Cian Healy and Mike Ross could be set to shore up Ireland’s creaking scrum in Saturday’s 6 Nations match against England at Twickenham.

The Leinster front-rowers have been named in a 34-man squad for the build-up to Ireland's third-round Six Nations clash.

Lock Dave Foley has replaced Mike McCarthy, sidelined with concussion, Jordi Murphy slots in for hamstring injury victim Sean O'Brien and Ulster's Craig Gilroy offsets Dave Kearney's absence through shoulder trouble.

Healy and Ross came through Leinster's 14-13 PRO12 victory at Cardiff on Saturday unscathed, and are now set for their first outings in this term's Six Nations.

"Cian Healy and Mike Ross return to the squad after proving their fitness," Ireland confirmed in a statement.

"Dave Foley, Jordi Murphy and Craig Gilroy come in for the injured trio of Mike McCarthy, Sean O'Brien and Dave Kearney."

Johnny Sexton has been named in Ireland's training squad as anticipated, despite turning his ankle in last week's open training session.

Powerful loosehead prop Healy has now fully recovered from knee surgery, while stalwart tighthead Ross is over his hamstring complaint.

Tighthead Tadhg Furlong has picked up a thigh muscle problem too, further opening the door for Ross to be ushered back into the number three berth.

"Tadhg Furlong and Rob Herring are both suffering with thigh muscle injuries so will remain with their provinces to rehab," the Ireland statement read.

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