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    Ireland And O2 Ireland Wolfhounds Squads Announced
    18 January 2012, 12:31 pm
    By Editor

    The Ireland team management have today announced squads for both the senior Ireland team and the upcoming O2 Ireland Wolfhounds game as prepartations begin for the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.
    There are 24 players named in the Ireland senior squad, with six additional up and coming players named who will join the first week of Ireland camp in Limerick to train with the squad.
    The 22 man O2 Ireland Wolfhounds squad includes several uncapped players as well as full internationals. The Ireland squad, from which the team to play Wales will be selected, will be announced on Monday 30th January after the Wolfhounds game against the England Saxons.

    Commenting on the announcement, Ireland Coach Declan Kidney said, "The Wolfhounds game gives myself and the other coaches one final chance to give games to players to see possible options before we settle on our match day 22 for the opening game.

    "It also gives us the opportunity to have a closer look in training at some of the younger players, rather than bringing in more experienced players, who are very much still in the frame for selection.

    "There have been some strong performances by players with the Provinces going really well. It always gives the squad a good boost when we have teams with players playing well in Europe before we step back up into the international scene."

    Talking about the start of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, Kidney said, "It's a new tournament for us and for everybody involved, so irrespective of the highs and lows of the World Cup, it is a fresh and exciting challenge for us.

    "The tournament begins what is big year for us, with a three test tour to New Zealand to come in June and ranking points all important for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, but the Six Nations always stands out as high point."
    Ireland Training Squad
    Rory Best (Banbridge - Ulster)
    Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
    Tom Court (Malone - Ulster)
    Sean Cronin (St.Mary's College - Leinster)
    Leo Cullen (Blackrock College - Leinster)
    Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne - Leinster)
    Keith Earls (Young Munster - Munster)
    Stephen Ferris (Dungannon - Ulster)
    Cian Healy (Clontarf - Leinster)
    Jamie Heaslip (Naas - Leinster)
    Shane Jennings (St.Mary's College - Leinster)
    Rob Kearney (UCD - Leinster)
    Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere - Leinster)
    Conor Murray (Garryowen - Munster)
    Sean O'Brien (Clontarf - Leinster)
    Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution - Munster)
    Paul O'Connell (Young Munster - Munster)
    Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution - Munster)
    Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne - Leinster)
    Mike Ross (Clontarf - Leinster)
    Donnacha Ryan (Shannon - Munster)
    Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary's College - Leinster)
    Andrew Trimble (Ballymena - Ulster)
    Paddy Wallace (Ballymena - Ulster)
    Additional Players
    Ian Nagle (Cork Constitution - Munster)*
    Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution - Munster)*
    Tiernan O'Halloran (Galwegians - Connacht)*
    Paddy McAllister (Ballynahinch - Ulster)*
    Andrew Conway (Blackrock College - Leinster)*
    Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution - Munster)*

    O2 Ireland Wolfhounds
    Stephen Archer (Cork Constitution - Munster)*
    Isaac Boss (Terenure College - Leinster)
    Gavin Duffy (Galwegians - Connacht)
    Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College - Leinster)
    Chris Henry (Belfast Harlequins - Ulster)
    Denis Hurley (Cork Constitution - Munster)
    David Kearney (Lansdowne - Leinster)*
    Ian Keatley (Young Munster - Munster)
    Ronan Loughney (Buccaneers - Connacht)*
    Ian Madigan (Blackrock College - Leinster)*
    Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers - Connacht)
    Kevin McLaughlin (St.Mary's College - Leinster)
    John Muldoon (Galwegians - Connacht)
    Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin - Munster)
    Eoin O'Malley (Old Belvedere - Leinster)*
    Rhys Ruddock (St.Mary's College - Leinster)
    Mike Sherry (Garryowen - Munster)*
    Nevin Spence (Ballynahinch - Ulster)*
    Devin Toner (Lansdowne - Leinster)
    Dan Touhy (Ballymena - Ulster)
    Damien Varley (Garryowen - Munster)
    Brett Wilkinson (Galwegians - Connacht)*
    Not considered due to injury:
    Brian O'Driscoll, David Wallace, Darren Cave, Felix Jones, Jerry Flannery, Eoin Griffen*, Denis Leamy, Niall Ronan.
    N.B. * denotes uncapped player
    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

    #2
    Leo Cullen in the squad, thought he was having an operation?
    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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      #3
      Why are Paddy Wallace, Cullen and D'arcy included?

      The mind boggles

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        #4
        Originally posted by McCloud View Post
        Leo Cullen in the squad, thought he was having an operation?
        Was just going to say it. Was announced on RTE he was out for 4-6 weeks for achilles tendon op, did noone tell Kidney? At the risk of starting a vendetta again.......but Paddy Wallace?????

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          #5
          No space for Paul Marshall or Eoin Griffen in either squad, I see.

          EDIT: Griffen injured I see. D'oh.

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            #6
            Bit harsh on Marshall I'd agree. Should have made the Ireland A panel if just for the experience.
            Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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              #7
              Main Squad
              PROPS:
              Tom Court (Malone - Ulster)
              Cian Healy (Clontarf - Leinster)
              Mike Ross (Clontarf - Leinster)
              Paddy McAllister (Ballynahinch - Ulster)* - Additional

              HOOKERS:
              Rory Best (Banbridge - Ulster)
              Sean Cronin (St.Mary's College - Leinster)

              SECOND ROWS:
              Leo Cullen (Blackrock College - Leinster)
              Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution - Munster)
              Paul O'Connell (Young Munster - Munster)
              Donnacha Ryan (Shannon - Munster)
              Ian Nagle (Cork Constitution - Munster)* - Additional

              BACKROWS:
              Stephen Ferris (Dungannon - Ulster)
              Jamie Heaslip (Naas - Leinster)
              Shane Jennings (St.Mary's College - Leinster)
              Sean O'Brien (Clontarf - Leinster)
              Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution - Munster)* - Additional

              SCRUMHALFS:
              Conor Murray (Garryowen - Munster)
              Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne - Leinster)

              OUTHALFS:
              Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution - Munster)
              Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary's College - Leinster)

              CENTRES:
              Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne - Leinster)
              Keith Earls (Young Munster - Munster)
              Paddy Wallace (Ballymena - Ulster)
              Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere - Leinster)

              BACK 3:
              Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
              Rob Kearney (UCD - Leinster)
              Andrew Trimble (Ballymena - Ulster)
              Tiernan O'Halloran (Galwegians - Connacht)* - Additional
              Andrew Conway (Blackrock College - Leinster)* - Additional
              Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution - Munster)* - Additional




              O2 Ireland Wolfhounds
              PROPS:
              Stephen Archer (Cork Constitution - Munster)*
              Brett Wilkinson (Galwegians - Connacht)*
              Ronan Loughney (Buccaneers - Connacht)*

              HOOKERS:
              Mike Sherry (Garryowen - Munster)*
              Damien Varley (Garryowen - Munster)

              SECOND ROWS:
              Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers - Connacht)
              Devin Toner (Lansdowne - Leinster)
              Dan Touhy (Ballymena - Ulster)

              BACKROWS:
              Chris Henry (Belfast Harlequins - Ulster)
              Kevin McLaughlin (St.Mary's College - Leinster)
              John Muldoon (Galwegians - Connacht)
              Rhys Ruddock (St.Mary's College - Leinster)

              SCRUMHALFS:
              Isaac Boss (Terenure College - Leinster)
              Tomas O'Leary (Dolphin - Munster)

              OUTHALFS:
              Ian Keatley (Young Munster - Munster)
              Ian Madigan (Blackrock College - Leinster)*

              CENTRES:
              Eoin O'Malley (Old Belvedere - Leinster)*
              Nevin Spence (Ballynahinch - Ulster)*

              BACK 3:
              Gavin Duffy (Galwegians - Connacht)
              Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College - Leinster)
              Denis Hurley (Cork Constitution - Munster)
              David Kearney (Lansdowne - Leinster)*


              Not considered due to injury:
              Brian O'Driscoll, David Wallace, Darren Cave, Felix Jones, Jerry Flannery, Eoin Griffen*, Denis Leamy, Niall Ronan.

              N.B. * denotes uncapped player

              Makes for interesting reading when analysed by position. Seems Mushy has entered international wilderness.

              We look quite weak in the centres but we knew that already.

              Also, Cullen picked up an injury today so I'd imagine Touhy will be promoted from the Wolfhounds to fill his spot.

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                #8
                Surprised to Ftizgerald in the A squad
                He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.

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                  #9
                  Zebo ahead of Fitzgerald... Harsh on Fitz, he has upped his game this season.
                  I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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                    #10
                    FFS this is starting to take the piss by Kidney....Cullen, DOC, Wallace in the Irish squad....Duffy at nearly 32 in the Wolfhounds...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Rebel Yell View Post
                      Was just going to say it. Was announced on RTE he was out for 4-6 weeks for achilles tendon op, did noone tell Kidney? At the risk of starting a vendetta again.......but Paddy Wallace?????
                      Seems Cullens operation is scheduled for next week and no firm decision has been taken as to if it goes a head or not. According to the Irish Times anyway.
                      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                        #12
                        Nagle ahead of Touhy too - doesnt make sense.
                        I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Fraggle View Post
                          Zebo ahead of Fitzgerald... Harsh on Fitz, he has upped his game this season.
                          The additional players are behind the A team players in squad terms and are more for bag carrying etc....the A team players are the ones who might make the first team squad. The main squad without additional players looks close to the 22 for the 6Nations.

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                            #14
                            The additional players are in the training squad for the experience apparently. They're not actually ahead of the guys in the Wolfhounds squads. They're basically tacklebag holders, or so I'm hearing.

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                              #15
                              Hagan and Carr's move doesn't seemed to have helped them....
                              Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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