Sunday 17 December 2017

Ireland call for reds duo

James Coughlan of Munster runs with the ball during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Munster and Ulster at Thomond Park. Photo: Getty Images
James Coughlan of Munster runs with the ball during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Munster and Ulster at Thomond Park. Photo: Getty Images

MUNSTER back-rows James Coughlan and Paddy Butler have been called into the Ireland squad ahead of Tuesday's summer tour warm-up match against the Barbarians in Gloucester, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.

Ireland are without their Leinster contingent for the Kingsholm Road clash as Joe Schmidt's side are preparing for the Pro12 final against the Ospreys in the RDS two days before.

Coughlan, Munster's Player of the Year 2011, who has recovered from surgery on the hand injury which has ruled him out of action since the Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat to Ulster in April, and Butler are both uncapped and specialist No 8s with the capacity to play at flanker.

Ulster's Chris Henry, Connacht's John Muldoon and Munster's Peter O'Mahony are the other members of the squad capable of playing in the middle of the back-row.

Henry, part of the Ulster side who lost to Leinster in last weekend's Heineken Cup final in Twickenham, has been ear-marked for one of the AN Other slots in the Ireland squad named for New Zealand earlier in the week, depending on his match-fitness following a recent ankle injury.

The Barbarians, made up primarily of southern hemisphere players based in Europe, face England at Twickenham on Sunday, with Ireland naming their side for Kingsholm the following afternoon.

Irish Independent

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