Andy Farrell’s autumn Ireland squad falls along anticipated lines

Leinster duo Dan Sheehan and Ciarán Frawley the news names in squad of 38

Dan Sheehan’s ability with ball in hand has earned him a call up for the autumn internationals. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Dan Sheehan’s ability with ball in hand has earned him a call up for the autumn internationals. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’ll be quibbles and hard-luck stories, there always are when an Irish squad is named, but given the hand that Andy Farrell and his coaches have been dealt this season, the 38 players named for the looming games against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina fall largely along anticipated lines.

The most eye-catching picks are the uncapped duo of 22-year-old Dan Sheehan and 24-year-old Ciarán Frawley, as well as a recall for Simon Zebo. But Sheehan’s dynamic carrying game can add another dimension to both Leinster and Ireland, and hence it was no surprise that he nudged out Dave Heffernan.

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