Thursday 18 January 2018

O'Shea calls McKinley into Italy's squad for November

 

Dubliner Ian McKinley qualifies to play for the Azzurri on residency. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Dubliner Ian McKinley qualifies to play for the Azzurri on residency. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Despite losing the sight in his left eye in 2012, Dubliner Ian McKinley has taken another step towards playing international rugby after he was called up to the Italy squad for the November internationals yesterday.

The former Leinster out-half, who battled to be allowed to play the game with the help of protective goggles, has rebuilt his career in Italy - playing first with Zebre and then Treviso where he has been a regular in their team this season.

McKinley qualifies to play for the Azzurri on residency and has been part of training squads in previous seasons, but he is one of five uncapped players picked in the full 34-man squad named by former Ireland full-back Conor O'Shea yesterday.

Italy will face the same three opponents as Ireland next month - Argentina, Fiji and South Africa.

Irish Independent

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