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Wednesday 22 November 2017

O'Connell for tour of Australia and New Zealand

Ireland lock Paul O'Connell has been included in a 33-man squad for this summer's tour of Australia and New Zealand despite having been a major doubt with a groin injury.

The Munster star, who captained the British and Irish Lions in 2009, has not played since his country's final RBS 6 Nations match against Scotland on March 20 and has been receiving intravenous antibiotics in a Cork hospital, but has been deemed fit enough to take his place in Declan Kidney's touring party.

Flanker Stephen Ferris, though, misses out with a broken cheekbone sustained in training earlier this month, while fellow back-rower Denis Leamy and three-quarter Luke Fitzgerald are ruled out by knee problems.

Ireland Squad (Summer Tour 2010, Barbarians, New Zealand, Australia June 4th - June26th):

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)

Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)

Tony Buckley (Shannon/Munster)

Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)

Sean Cronin (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)

Jerry Flannery (Shannon/Munster)

John Hayes (Bruff/Munster)

Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)

Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster)

Chris Henry (Ballymena/Ulster)*

Marcus Horan (Shannon/Munster)

Shane Horgan (Boyne/Leinster)

Shane Jennings (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)

Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)

Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*

Kevin McLaughlin (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)

John Muldoon (Galwegians/Connacht)

Geordan Murphy (Leicester)

Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster)

Mick O’Driscoll (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster)

Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin/Munster)

Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary's College/Leinster)

Peter Stringer (Shannon/Munster)

Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)

Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster)*

David Wallace (Garryowen/Munster)

Paddy Wallace (Ballymena/Ulster)

*Denotes uncapped player

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