"We need a little more time to watch John, but his omission does not mean that he will not be considered in future," said Pat Whelan, Ireland's team manager. "Davy has been playing very well and he has been selected on form."
Tweed became the oldest man to play for Ireland when he came into the team for the injured Paddy Johns against France in Dublin last season. He also played in the side which defeated Wales in Cardiff and was a member of Ireland's World Cup squad.
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