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Foley and Feek join Ireland coaching ticket

ANTHONY FOLEY and Greg Feek will be joining the Ireland coaching ticket for the November series with Feek acting as scrum coach and Foley as defence coach to allow Les Kiss to concentrate on the attack.

KEARNEY picked up a disc problem which requires immediate surgery and is holding out hope he can return in eight weeks, although this is unlikely.

Barring any further setbacks, Kearney should return in mid-January but this would only give him a fortnight to regain his fitness for Ireland's crucial showdown with Wales at the Millennium Stadium on February 2.

The No 15 played a crucial role in Leinster's 19-15 victory over Clermont in last season's Heineken semi-final, setting up Cian Healy's try and kicking a stunning drop goal in the Blues’ second-half revival.

Leinster currently trail Clermont by two points in Pool Five and must beat the French side at the Stade Marcel-Michelin if they are to go into the final three rounds of the Heineken Cup group stages with their destiny in their own hands.

Ireland squad: Rory Best (Ulster), Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Tom Court (Ulster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Keith Earls (Munster), Stephen Ferris (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster/), David Kilcoyne (Munster), Luke Marshall (Ulster), John Muldoon (Connacht), Conor Murray (Munster), Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster), Paul O'Connell (Munster), Brian O'Driscoll(C) (Leinster), Ronan O'Gara (Munster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster).