The two Ireland squads for next weekend’s internationals against Tonga and Australia have been named today. It has also been confirmed that Marcus Horan will not be available for selection for the GUINNESS Series.
The original 39-man panel for the GUINNESS Series which was named last week has been divided into two separate squads with 31 players named in the senior squad, which includes further player additions to the original panel.
A 22-man Ireland ‘A’ squad to play Tonga at Ravenhill next Friday (13 November) will be in camp in Belfast and the full team to play Tonga will be announced next Tuesday (November 10).
The ‘A’ squad has one remaining place to be filled in the hooker position. Sean Cronin, John Fogarty and Jerry Flannery have all been retained with the senior squad as Flannery continues to recover from a calf injury, which has progressed well during this week.
Overall there are no major injury concerns within the squad that finished the week long training camp in Limerick, with the majority of the players taking some part in training today.
The only exceptions were Denis Leamy, Paddy Wallace and Tomas O’Leary, who are recovering from colds.
The update regarding Marcus Horan is that it has been confirmed that he will not be available for the GUINNESS Series games this month.
Following further tests this week, Horan underwent a routine medical procedure today (November 6) and will undergo a period of rest over the next number of weeks.
It is expected that he will be available to Munster and Ireland after the New Year.
IRELAND Squad (31 players) v Australia (GUINNESS Series 2009):
Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
Bob Casey (London Irish)
Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)
Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Leo Cullen (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Ian Dowling (Shannon/Munster)
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)
Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
John Fogarty (De La Salle Palmerston/Leinster)
John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)
Denis Hurley (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster)
Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)
John Muldoon (Galwegians/Connacht)
Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)
Mick O’Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Tomas O’Leary (Dolphin/Munster)
Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Niall Ronan (Shannon/Munster)
Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)
Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)
IRELAND ‘A’ Squad (22 players) v Tonga (‘A’ International):
Neil Best (Northampton Saints)
Isaac Boss (Ballymena/Ulster)
Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Gavin Duffy (Galwegians/Connacht)
Denis Fogarty (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Chris Henry (Ballymena/Ulster)
Shane Horgan (Boyne/Leinster)
Ian Humphreys (Ballymena/Ulster)
Ian Keatley (Galwegians/Connacht)
Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Kevin McLaughlin (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)
Johne Murphy (Leicester Tigers)
Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster)
Brett Wilkinson (Galwegians/Connacht)
Bryan Young (Ballymena/Ulster)