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An Ireland squad of 36 players will reassemble on Monday morning as they continue their search for a first win in this year's Guinness Six Nations. 

Andy Farrell's backroom team and players will meet at the IRFU High-Performance Centre at the Sport Ireland Campus as they step up preparation for taking on Franco Smith’s Italian side at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday afternoon.

It was confirmed on Sunday afternoon that there were no significant injury concerns for the players who featured for their provinces in the PRO14 over the weekend and all twelve are fit to return to the national camp.

The Ireland squad in full for round three has no changes and is as follows:

Backs

Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 30 caps
Billy Burns (Ulster) 5 caps
Ross Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 12 caps
Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) uncapped
Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 24 caps
Shane Daly (Munster/Cork Con) 1 cap
Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 90 caps
Chris Farrell (Munster/Young Munster) 14 caps
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 7 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 49 caps
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 8 caps
Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 26 caps
James Lowe (Leinster) 4 caps
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 4 caps
Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 88 caps
Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 32 caps
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 96 caps

Forwards

Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) uncapped
Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 19 caps
Ed Byrne (Leinster/UCD) 4 caps
Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 17 caps
Will Connors (Leinster/UCD) 7 caps
Ultan Dillane (Connacht/Corinthians) 18 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 46 caps
Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 106 caps
Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 5 caps
Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 60 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 18 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 8 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 40 caps
Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) uncapped
Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 34 caps
Rhys Ruddock (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 27 caps
James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 33 caps
CJ Stander (Munster/Shannon) 48 caps
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 30 caps.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that France scrum-half Antoine Dupont has been left out of their squad to face Scotland as Covid-19 cases continued to multiply in their camp.

Dupont, who tested positive on Friday, was left off the list of 31 players available for their game in Paris next Sunday.

It's also been confirmed that hooker Julien Marchand and centre Arthur Vincent have returned positive tests, taking the number of cases in the camp to nine.

Their coach Fabien Galthie also tested positive since their win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last Sunday.

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