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Ireland Squad Update – Second Test Prep Commences

Ireland Squad Update – Second Test Prep Commences

The Ireland squad are building towards Saturday's second Test against New Zealand in Dunedin ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The Ireland squad will continue to train in North Harbour Stadium, Auckland this week before travelling to Dunedin on Wednesday ahead of the second Test against New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Injury call-up Ed Byrne touched down in New Zealand on Saturday evening, while Stuart McCloskey arrives in the country today (Monday) with his Ulster team-mate James Hume having returned home due to a groin injury.

Meanwhile, Rob Herring and Harry Byrne are expected to take a full part in training this week.

Front rowers Jeremy Loughman and Dave Heffernan are confirmed criteria one concussions so will follow the 12-day return-to-play protocols. Captain Jonathan Sexton will complete the HIA process today.

Mack Hansen has completed his period of isolation for Covid-19 and is available to train. His Connacht colleague Finlay Bealham will be available to train later this week once his period of isolation is complete.