16/05/02.Two places have yet to be filled in Ireland’s 26 strong squad for the upcoming three-match rugby tour to New Zealand.
Munster number 8 who has a shoulder injury will have to prove his fitness while, in the backs, Shane Horgan’s fitness is also to be evaluated, as a consequence of an ankle injury.
The only uncapped player in a squad, captained by Keith Wood, is the Cork Constitution and Munster winger Anthony Horgan (pictured).
Ireland three-match itinerary:
June 8 – (5.05 pm local time) – V. New Zeland Divisional XV,
June 15 (7.05 pm) – V. New Zealand, Carisbrook Stadium, Dunedin;
June 22 (7.05 pm) – V. New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland.,p>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), Paul
Wallace (Leinster/Blackrock College), Keith Wood (Harlequins)
Captain; A. N. Other.
Not considered because of injury – Jonathan Bell (Ulster/Dungannon), Simon Best (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins), Emmet Byrne (Leinster/St. Mary’s College),
Jeremy Davidson (Ulster/Dungannon), Kieron Dawson (London Irish), Denis Hickie (Leinster/St. Mary’s College), Kevin Maggs (Bath).
Management: Manager – Brian O’Brien; Coach – Eddie O’Sullivan; Assistant Coach – Declan Kidney; Forwards Coach – Niall O’Donovan; Defence Coach – Mike Ford; Fitness Director – Mike McGurn; Doctor – Michael Griffin; Physiotherapist – Ailbe McCormack; Baggage Manager – Paddy O’Reilly; Media Officer – John Redmond.