Jared Payne recalled to Six Nations squad

The Ulster star has not played for Ireland since November

Jared Payne recalled to Six Nations squad

Jared Payne Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Jared Payne has been named in Ireland's Six Nations squad for the final two games of the Six Nations. 

The Ulster star has not played for Ireland since suffering a kidney injury against Australia in November. Payne only returned to action last weekend, playing 20 minutes against Zebre. 

There is also a return to the squad for Joey Carberry. The Leinster fly-half suffered an ankle injury in December and only came back to action last month. 

Munster's Andrew Conway is the only uncapped player in the 37-man squad. The 25-year-old was named in Ireland's Six Nations squads for the opening three rounds, but he has yet to make his on-field bow.

Ireland return to action in the Six Nations on March 10th away to Wales. A potential title-deciding game between Ireland and England in Dublin is the last match of this year's tournament.

Forwards (20) Rory Best (capt), Jack Conan, Ultan Dillane, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip (vice-captain), Iain Henderson, Dave Kilcoyne, Dan Leavy, Jack McGrath, Sean O'Brien, Tommy O'Donnell, Peter O'Mahony, Quinn Roux, Donnacha Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, James Tracy.

Backs (17): Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Craig Gilroy, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson, Rob Kearney, Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Tiernan O'Halloran, Jared Payne, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo.