Ireland name squad for training camp
August 10, 2009
Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll and his fellow Lions are set to join the rest of the squad for the latest training camp © Getty Images
Ireland coach Declan Kidney has named a 37-man squad for the side's training camp in Limerick next week.
The Limerick camp, that will take place August 16-19, is the second of three scheduled training camps and follows the squad's first gathering in Belfast last month that involved those players who were involved in the summer tours to North America and the Churchill Cup as well as some other senior players.
Several players from the Belfast training sessions have been retained for the upcoming camp which will also see the return of members of the Ireland squad who toured with the British & Irish Lions in South Africa, including captain Brian O'Driscoll, as well as some players based in England.
"The Belfast Camp was productive in that we were able to continue to work with the players and pick up where we left off from the summer tour and the Churchill Cup," explained Kidney. "A lot of players are being given an opportunity and from that point of view as well, we were happy with the spread of players we were in contact with in Belfast.
"The next camp will be slightly different as the players involved with the Lions tour come back into the fold, so it allows us to set some foundations for the coming season."
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