Three new faces in Ireland training squad
September 21, 2012
Tommy Bowe is back in Ireland's training squad after missing the June tour to New Zealand © Getty Images
Ireland's head coach Declan Kidney has named three uncapped players in a 33-man training camp ahead of their autumn internationals.
Dave O'Callaghan, Luke Marshall and Iain Henderson are all included for the first time, while there are recalls for Paul O'Connell, Stephen Ferris, Tom Court and Tommy Bowe, who missed Ireland's June tour to New Zealand. Fullback Rob Kearney is one of the players that have been left out to continue his pre-season with his home province of Leinster.
"At this stage of the season it is about building foundations for the Guinness Series and it is vital to get the players together to do that," Kidney said. "A number of them have yet to play, but it was important to include some of them from a positional sense for this camp, such as Paul (O'Connell) and Rory (Best), as well as other players who missed the summer tour. There are a number of players who are not included due to injuries and will continue their rehab and their preseason work in their provinces."
Ireland will announce the squad for their Test matches against South Africa on November 10, Fiji on November 17 and Argentina on November 24 in late October.
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