David Wallace, Rob Henderson, Anthony Horgan, John Kelly and Mike Mullins have all missed out on a place in the 22.
Shane Byrne (Leinster Blackrock College), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster Greystones), Victor Costello (Leinster St. Mary s College), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Anthony Foley (Munster Shannon), Keith Gleeson (Leinster St. Mary s College), John Hayes (Munster Shannon), Marcus Horan (Munster Shannon), Donncha O Callaghan (Munster Cork Constitution), Paul O Connell (Munster Young Munster), Malcolm O Kelly (Leinster St. Mary s College), Frank Sheahan (Munster Cork Constitution).
Gordon Darcy (Leinster Lansdowne), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster Terenure College), Guy Easterby (Rotherham), Shane Horgan (Leinster Lansdowne), Tyrone Howe (Ulster Dungannon), David Humphreys (Ulster Dungannon), Kevin Maggs (Bath), Brian O Driscoll (Leinster Blackrock College) Captain, Ronan O Gara (Munster Cork Constitution), Peter Stringer (Munster Shannon).
The players omitted from the 34 strong preliminary Six Nations squad have been released to return to their provinces for Celtic League duties as of noon today.
The team to play France will be announced on Tuesday next, February 10, at the Banqueting Leisure Centre, City West Hotel at 12.45 pm approx., following a training session at Naas RFC, which is open to the Media from 11.15 am. Management and selected players will be available for interview following the announcement of the team.