DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland included Tadhg Furlong in their squad for this year's Six Nations, with coach Andy Farrell saying on Monday that the British and Irish Lions prop was ready to join the group despite last playing almost a year ago.
Furlong has not played since last year's Six Nations and his club, Leinster, said the 28-year-old tighthead could begin his comeback on the field as soon as this weekend.
Winger Jacob Stockdale, who sustained a knee injury this month, misses out, Farrell said in a statement.
Johnny Sexton will captain a mostly experienced squad. The Leinster flyhalf left the field early in their clash with Munster on Saturday and will be assessed at the Irish camp this week, Leinster coach Leo Cullen said.
Munster scrumhalf Craig Casey and Ulster prop Tom O'Toole were the only two uncapped players in the 36-man squad, with Casey included ahead of Leinster's Luke McGrath and Ulster's John Cooney.
Flanker Rhys Ruddock, who has been in an out of Ireland's squad since making his debut more than 10 years ago, also won a recall.
Ireland begin the championship away to Wales on Feb. 7 before hosting France a week later and concluding the campaign at home to holders England on March 20.
Bundee Aki (Connacht) 30 caps
Billy Burns (Ulster) 3 caps
Ross Byrne (Leinster) 11 caps
Craig Casey (Munster) uncapped
Andrew Conway (Munster) 24 caps
Shane Daly (Munster) 1 cap
Keith Earls (Munster) 88 caps
Chris Farrell (Munster) 14 caps
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 5 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster) 47 caps
Hugo Keenan (Leinster) 6 caps
Jordan Larmour (Leinster) 24 caps
James Lowe (Leinster) 2 caps
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster) 4 caps
Conor Murray (Munster) 87 caps
Garry Ringrose (Leinster) 30 caps
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) 95 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Munster) 17 caps
Will Connors (Leinster) 5 caps
Caelan Doris (Leinster) 7 caps
Ultan Dillane (Connacht) 17 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster) 25 caps
Cian Healy (Leinster) 104 caps
Dave Heffernan (Connacht) 5 caps
Iain Henderson (Ulster) 58 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster) 16 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster) 6 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster) 39 caps
Peter O'Mahony (Munster) 73 caps
Tom O'Toole (Ulster) uncapped
Andrew Porter (Leinster) 32 caps
Quinn Roux (Connacht) 16 caps
Rhys Ruddock (Leinster) 26 caps
James Ryan (Leinster) 32 caps
CJ Stander (Munster) 46 caps
Josh van der Flier (Leinster) 28 caps
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin, editing by Ed Osmond)