Saturday 20 January 2018

Kidney calls in tour absentees

Ireland will host a training camp today for the players who were unavailable to tour Australia and New Zealand.

Head coach Declan Kidney has called for the meet-up at the Johnstown House Hotel in Enfield, Co Meath, to keep his injured troops up to speed ahead of the autumn series in November.

And Ireland and Munster No 8 Denis Leamy -- who is set to return following a seven-month lay-off with a knee injury -- has hailed Kidney for his approach with the World Cup only 14 months away.

Leamy (28) said: "It's nice to be kept involved by Declan and it's great news to be given the call to join up. He's an excellent communicator and it's a major strength. You always feel wanted and part of the squad. It's good to be kept in the loop.

"But I know I have to get in the Munster team first before I think about playing for Ireland again."

Leamy will be joined by the likes Paul O'Connell, Stephen Ferris and Luke Fitzgerald as Ireland aim to get back on track following summer defeats to New Zealand, the Maoris and Australia.

Irish Independent

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