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Ferris Ruled Out As McLaughlin Joins Tour Squad

Ferris Ruled Out As McLaughlin Joins Tour Squad

Leinster back rower Kevin McLaughlin has been called into the Ireland squad to tour New Zealand next month. He replaces the injured Stephen Ferris (calf).

Kevin McLaughlin narrowly missed out on selection for the original 29-man squad named earlier this week, but steps up into the touring party in place of Stephen Ferris, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury sustained in the Heineken Cup final.

McLaughlin, the versatile Dublin-born back rower, made his Ireland debut against Italy during the 2010 Six Nations and won his second cap as a replacement in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland last August.

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There are several remaining positions to be filled in the squad for the New Zealand tour.

The full panel will be confirmed following the game between Ireland and the Barbarians in Gloucester next Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm, updates on O2 MatchDay Live).

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