Saturday 24 March 2018

Joe Schmidt's wings clipped as Jackson dropped from squad

The most notable omission from the squad is Ulster's Paddy Jackson
The most notable omission from the squad is Ulster's Paddy Jackson
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

ANDREW TRIMBLE yesterday became the latest Six Nations hero to be ruled out of Joe Schmidt's November plans as the Ireland coach revealed his 37-man squad for the Guinness Series a week earlier than planned.

The IRUPA Players' Player of the Year will be out for a number of months, meaning he joins a list of 15 players who are unavailable to the New Zealander as he prepares to face South Africa, Georgia and Australia.It means Schmidt has a major shortage of wingers going into the three-Test series, with Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo and the recalled Craig Gilroy named in the panel.

Trimble injured a toe in Ulster's win over Glasgow earlier this month and will be joined in the treatment room by Luke Marshall, who will be out for six weeks with a medial ligament injury.

Uncapped Connacht full-back Darragh Leader, Leinster openside Dominic Ryan and Munster second-row Dave Foley were perhaps the most surprising additions to the squad that will gather in Maynooth next week, while New Zealanders Jared Payne and Nathan White were also included as expected.

Schmidt will be hoping Leinster pair Mike Ross and Rob Kearney can come through training unscathed and take the field in Sunday's clash with Castres, while he will watch Luke Fitzgerald's progress as the winger returns this weekend.

However, the 2009 Lion was left out of the initial squad as a precaution, having not played since March due to an abductor muscle injury. The most notable omission is that of Paddy Jackson, with the Ulster fly-half left out in favour of Ian Keatley and Ian Madigan despite being picked ahead of both for the summer tour to Argentina before being ruled out through injury.

Ireland will open their autumn series against South Africa on Saturday, November 8.

Munster lock Paul O'Connell continues as captain, and his presence will be more pivotal than ever given Ireland's front-five injury list.

With Donnacha Ryan adding to Ulster duo Henderson and Tuohy as lock absentees, O'Connell and Devin Toner should continue their developing engine room partnership.

New forwards coach Simon Easterby will have his first real chance to pick up the impressive work of Kiwi John Plumtree, the former Scarlets boss taking his first steps into international coaching.

IRELAND 2014 Guinness Series Squad:

IRELAND SQUAD: Forwards: S Archer (Munster), R Ah You (Connacht), R Best (Ulster), J Cronin (Munster), S Cronin (Leinster), R Diack (Ulster), D Foley (Munster), C Henry (Ulster), J Heaslip (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), M McCarthy, J McGrath (both Leinster), P O'Connell (capt),

T O'Donnell, P O'Mahony (all Munster), M Ross, R Ruddock, D Ryan, R Strauss, D Toner (all Leinster), N White (Connacht). Backs: T Bowe (Ulster), G D'Arcy (Leinster), C Gilroy (Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht), F Jones (Munster), R Kearney (Leinster), Ian Keatley (Munster), D Leader (Connacht), I Madigan (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), C Murray (Munster), S Olding, J Payne (both Ulster), E Reddan (Leinster), J Sexton (Racing Metro), S Zebo (Munster).

2014 Guinness Series Fixtures

IRELAND v South Africa

Saturday 8th November, 2014

Aviva Stadium, K.O. 17:30


IRELAND v Georgia

Sunday 16th November, 2014

Aviva Stadium, K.O. 14:30


IRELAND v Australia

Saturday 22nd November, 2014

Aviva Stadium, K.O. 16:30

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