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Johnny Sexton has been appointed Ireland captain for the Guinness Six Nations, while new head coach Andy Farrell has named five uncapped players in his 35-man squad.
Fly-half Sexton takes on the role following the retirement of vastly-experienced former skipper Rory Best.
Leinster trio Ronan Kelleher, Caelan Doris and Max Deegan are among the potential Test debutants selected for the tournament, along with Ulster pair Billy Burns and Tom O’Toole.
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Sexton, who has won 88 caps for Ireland, has not played since suffering a knee injury playing for Leinster in early December but, according to his club side, is making “good progress” in his recovery.
The 34-year-old’s only previous experience of captaining his country came in October during the World Cup pool stage win over Russia.
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