23 May, 12:21
The Irish Rugby Supporters Club is delighted to announce that tickets for the GUINNESS Series 2013 will go on sale on ticketmaster.ie at 10am on Thursday, May 30.
Ireland's most-capped player Malcolm O'Kelly also returns to the squad having recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for the entire championship. The twice-capped Bernard Jackman has been included as one of three hookers in the touring party.There are four uncapped players in the backs, with Tomas O'Leary and recent Rugby League convert Brian Carney (pictured left) named in an Ireland squad for the first time.
The squad will captained in South America by Ulster prop Simon Best.
Commenting on his selected squad, coach Eddie O'Sullivan said: "This tour was always about looking at options with the World Cup in mind. It is an opportunity for players to put their cases forward for France and in doing so, allowed us to rest the majority of the Six Nations squad.
"Argentina is always a tough place to tour and this will be no different. It gives us the chance to look at players in a pressurised Test match environment and as well as some experienced players, there are also some new prospects there who will benefit from the experience."
On the subject of Brian Carney's call-up, O'Sullivan added: "Brian has done well for Munster since his arrival and has earned a call into the squad. He has moved across from league without too much disruption to his game and I thought this was a good time to move him onto the next level and see how he performs."
Neil Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Simon Best (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
*Peter Bracken (Wasps)
*Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster)
Leo Cullen (Leicester)
Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
Keith Gleeson (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Clontarf/Leinster)
Trevor Hogan (Shannon/Leinster)
Bernard Jackman (Clontarf/Leinster)
*Shane Jennings (Leicester)
Mick O'Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Malcolm O'Kelly (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Alan Quinlan (Shannon/Munster)
Frankie Sheahan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Bryan Young (Ballymena/Ulster)
Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster)
Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
*Brian Carney (Clonakilty/Munster)
Gavin Duffy (Galwegians/Connacht)
*Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
Kieran Lewis (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
*Barry Murphy (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Geordan Murphy (Leicester)
*Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin/Munster)
Eoin Reddan (Wasps)
Jeremy Staunton (Wasps)**
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)
N.B. * Indicates uncapped player
** Subject to fitness test
Saturday, May 26: Argentina v IRELAND, Estadio Brigadier Estanislao López del Barrio Centenario, Club Atletico Colon, Sante Fe City, 4.10pm local time (8.10pm Irish time)
Saturday, June 2: Argentina v IRELAND, Estadio José Amalfitani, Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, 4.10pm local time (8.10pm Irish time)