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How Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad is shaping up for France 2023 after heroics in New Zealand

Many grew in stature in the historic series but for others the tour passed them by

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Ireland players, from left, James Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, Joey Carbery, Peter O’Mahony and James Lowe celebrate with the cup after the Steinlager Series victory over New Zealand at Sky Stadium in Wellington. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland players, from left, James Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, Joey Carbery, Peter O’Mahony and James Lowe celebrate with the cup after the Steinlager Series victory over New Zealand at Sky Stadium in Wellington. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland players, from left, James Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, Joey Carbery, Peter O’Mahony and James Lowe celebrate with the cup after the Steinlager Series victory over New Zealand at Sky Stadium in Wellington. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Of the original 40-man Ireland squad selected by Andy Farrell, 38 played on tour in New Zealand, while another four late call-ups also featured to bring the final tally to 42.

Iain Henderson and Harry Byrne were the unlucky two who picked up injuries shortly after arriving in New Zealand, which meant they didn’t get any game-time.


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