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Kearney rested for two-day Irish camp

EUROPEAN Player of the Year Rob Kearney has been left out of Ireland's two-day training camp in Carton House in order to complete his pre-season.

"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," said coach Declan Kidney.

"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."

Ulster's Ireland U20 forward Iain Henderson is the most interesting inclusion in the 33-strong Ireland squad for a two-day training and preparation camp for the autumn internationals and Six Nations Championship.

The other uncapped players are forward Dave O'Callaghan, centre Luke Marshall and Henderson, who impressed during the recent IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa during the summer.

There are a number of players named in the squad who missed the summer tour including O'Connell, Stephen Ferris, Tom Court and Tommy Bowe.

There are also longer-term absentees such as Luke Fitzgerald and Sean O'Brien, but overall the squad generally contains two players per position.

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


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