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Friday 19 September 2014

Madigan omitted as Joe Schmidt names four uncapped players for Argentina tour

Published 19/05/2014 | 11:34

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Ian Madigan has been left out of the 30-man squad to tour Argentina
Ian Madigan has been left out of the 30-man squad to tour Argentina

Ian Madigan has been left out of Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina as Joe Schmidt named ‘project players’ Robbie Diack and Rob Herring in his 30-man squad.

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Ian Madigan has been left out of Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina as Joe Schmidt named ‘project players’ Robbie Diack and Rob Herring in his 30-man squad.

The duo are among four uncapped players in the panel with Munster’s James Cronin one of three loosehead props in the squad as Dave Kilcoyne makes the plane. Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, who toured the US and Canada last June without winning a cap, also gets the nod.

As expected, Cian Healy, Gordon D’Arcy and Sean O’Brien have been given the summer off as Schmidt looks to the future, with Darren Cave and Robbie Henshaw set to battle it out for the now vacant No13 shirt.

Simon Zebo has been selected along with Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble, Keith Earls, Fergus McFadden and Felix Jones, but Tommy Bowe has been left behind after an injury plagued season.

Schmidt has gone with two recognised fly-halves in Johnny Sexton and Paddy Jackson, meaning Madigan is likely to be included in the ‘Emerging Ireland’ tour to Romania.

Up front, Paul O’Connell will lead the tour with Jamie Heaslip also included, with South African born hooker Herring set to do battle with Rory Best and Damien Varley as Sean Cronin is left behind.

Ireland play Argentina in Resistencia on June 7 and Tucuman on June 15 and fly out on tour the day after Leinster’s Pro12 final meeting with Glasgow.

Ireland squad for the tour to Argentina: Forwards: R Best (Ulster), J Cronin (Munster), R Diack (Ulster), I Henderson (Ulster), C Henry (Ulster), J Heaslip (Leinster), R Herring (Ulster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), J McGrath (Leinster), M Moore (Leinster), J Murphy (Leinster), P O’Connell (capt, Munster), M Ross (Leinster), R Ruddock (Leinster), D Toner (Leinster), D Varley (Munster). Backs: D Cave (Ulster), K Earls (Munster), R Henshaw (Connacht), P Jackson (Ulster), F Jones (Munster), R Kearney (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), L Marshall (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster), C Murray (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), J Sexton (Racing Metro), A Trimble (Ulster), S Zebo (Munster).

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