Friday 20 April 2018

McGrath and Morris get call for Ireland training camp as Court axed

Jack McGrath has been promoted to the Irish senior squad
Jack McGrath has been promoted to the Irish senior squad
Conor George

Conor George

LEINSTER prop Jack McGrath's good form has seen him promoted to the Ireland senior squad for a two-day training camp next week.

McGrath  is one of a number of players included after impressing on the Emerging Ireland tour to Georgia in June.

The 23-year-old is joined in the squad by his Leinster team-mate Dave Kearney and Leicester Tigers full-back Niall Morris.

All three players started the three games in June against Georgia, South Africa and Uruguay.

Ulster's Lions prop Tom Court is among those omitted.

New Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has announced a 42-man training squad for the two-day camp in Carton House on Sunday and Monday. This is the beginning of his preparations for the autumn internationals – Ireland face Samoa, Australia and New Zealand in the Aviva Stadium in Schmidt's first games in charge.

The former Leinster coach did travel with Ireland to North America and Canada in June, but only as an observer.


This will also be the first time the Ireland players will meet new forwards coach John Plumtree.

The former Natal Sharks coach arrived in Ireland at the beginning of the month and joins Schmidt and Les Kiss on the coaching staff.

McGrath has been in excellent form for Leinster in their opening two Pro12 league games this season and scored a try in Saturday night's outing against Ospreys in the RDS.

Morris is one of just two overseas players in the squad. Jonathan Sexton is also free to join the camp as his Racing Metro side are in Top 14 action against Bordeaux Begles in Paris on Saturday night.

Morris joined Leicester from Leinster in 2011. The Dubliner won a first Premiership medal last season, scoring a try in the final against Northampton. He finished the season with 25 appearances and eight tries.

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