Monday 25 September 2017

Ulster's Jared Payne to make debut with Ireland squad

Jared Payne
Jared Payne
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

THE race to succeed Brian O’Driscoll as Ireland’s No 13 has begun at Carton House, where Jared Payne has linked up with the squad for the first time.

The New Zealand-born Ulster player qualifies to play for Ireland through residency next month and will be eligible to make his début in November.

Joe Schmidt has assembled 46 players for a three-day camp where he will review last season and plan for the upcoming campaign.

While the IRFU don’t confirm squad details for such gatherings, the Irish Independent understands that Payne has joined up with the panel, along with Robbie Henshaw, who is expected to be his main rival for the No 13 shirt.

Meanwhile, Leinster are understood to be lining up a move to bring Leicester’s Niall Morris back to the province at the end of the upcoming season.

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