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Leinster's Dave Kearney. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Dave Kearney. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Dave Kearney. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

MUNSTER and Ireland second row Donnacha Ryan will miss ten weeks and the November international series with a knee injury.

This leaves an opening for Leinster locks Devin Toner and Mike McCarthy as well as Ulster's Dan Tuohy to challenge for game time beside Paul O'Connell.

Leinster's in-form duo Dave Kearney and Jack McGrath and Munster's consistent number eight James Coughlan moved one step closer to international recognition by making the 34-man Ireland squad for the November international series.

"The squad combines players who have shown form in the domestic season mixed with those who have a proven record at international level," said Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

"As always there were some very difficult decisions. Some players have had limited opportunity to impress due to injury and others have performed very well and it was difficult to leave them out."

There are also those who have run out of time, like Ulster youngsters Craig Gilroy and Stuart Olding and Leinster tight-head Martin Moore and unfortunates, like Munster loose-head Dave Kilcoyne and Ulster's Darren Cave and Andrew Trimble.

Flankers Stephen Ferris, Tommy O'Donnell and Jordi Murphy, hooker Richardt Strauss and wing Simon Zebo have also been ruled out of contention by injury.

IRELAND SQUAD

BACKS: I Boss (Leinster), T Bowe (Ulster), G D'Arcy (Leinster), K Earls (Munster), R Henshaw (Connacht), P Jackson (Ulster), D Kearney*, R Kearney, I Madigan (all Leinster), L Marshall (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster), C Murray (Munster), B O'Driscoll, E Reddan (both Leinster), J Sexton (Racing Metro 92).

FORWARDS: S Archer (Munster), R Best (Ulster), J Coughlan (Munster)*, T Court (Ulster), S Cronin (Leinster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), C Healy, J Heaslip (both Leinster), C Henry (Ulster), M McCarthy, J McGrath*, K McLaughlin, S O'Brien (all Leinster), P O'Connell, P O'Mahony ( both Munster), M Ross (Leinster), M Sherry (Munster), D Toner (Leinster), D Tuohy (Ulster).

* denotes uncapped players.

2013 Guinness Series

Ireland v Samoa, Saturday, November 9, 5.45.

Ireland v Australia, Saturday, November 16, 5.45.

Ireland v New Zealand, Sunday, November 24, 2.0.


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