Another Lion from last summer, Tyrone Howe, is also excluded with Munster's Anthony Horgan preferred.The vacancies in the backs and the pack will be filled by Shane Horgan and Anthony Foley respectively should they prove their fitness. Foley has resumed training following a shoulder injury sustained in the European Cup semi final and Paul O'Connell, still struggling to be fit for the European Cup final is also included in the squad.
The squad fly out from Dublin Airport on Saturday June 1st and open their three match tour with a game against a New Zealand selection in Timaru on Saturday June 8th (5.05pm).
The Ireland 26 man squad is:Backs: Justin Bishop (London Irish), Girvan Dempsey(Leinster/Terenure College), Guy Easterby (Llanelli), Rob Henderson (Munster/Young Munster), Anthony Horgan (Munster/Cork Constitution), David Humphreys(Ulster/Dungannon), John Kelly (Munster/Cork Constitution), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Brian O'Driscoll Leinster/Blackrock College), Ronan O'Gara (Munster/Cork Constitution), Peter Stringer (Munster/Shannon), A. N.
Forwards: Shane Byrne Leinster/Blackrock College), Reggie Corrigan (Leinster/Lansdowne), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Keith Gleeson (Leinster/St.Mary's College), John Hayes (Munster/Shannon), Marcus Horan(Munster/Shannon), Gary Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena), Eric Miller (Leinster/Terenure College), Paul O'Connell Munster/Young Munster), Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Alan Quinlan (Munster/Shannon), PaulWallace (Leinster/Blackrock College), Keith Wood (Harlequins)Captain; A. N. Other.