Ireland unveil Autumn Internationals squad

Richardt Strauss Ireland have included Leinster’s South-African born hooker Richardt Strauss as one of four uncapped players after coach Declan Kidney unveiled his 31-man squad ahead of the November Internationals on Wednesday.

Munster’s David Kilcoyne and Ulster’s Iain Henderson and Luke Marshall join Strauss as the newcomers, however there is no place for British and Irish Lions full-back Rob Kearney who will miss the series after being told he requires back surgery.

Strauss has been selected after qualifying for residency having lived in Ireland for three years.

Coach Declan Kidney has also added to his backroom staff, with Munster assistant coach Anthony Foley – who was capped 62 times for Ireland – taking on the role of defence coach.

“I’m pleased that Anthony has taken up the offer of working with the squad to assist during this vital period in November,” Kidney said. “His previous experience of working with the team during the last Six Nations championship was important, but his own abilities and experience were central to bringing him on board.”

Ireland will face South Africa, Fiji and Argentina across three weeks.

What are your thoughts on the squad and who do you think will make the starting 15?

Ireland squad
Forwards: Rory Best (Ulster), Tom Court (Ulster), Stephen Ferris (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster), David Kilcoyne (Munster), John Muldoon (Connacht), Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster), Paul O’Connell (Munster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster)

Backs: Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Keith Earls (Munster), Luke Marshall (Ulster), Conor Murray (Munster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster – captain), Ronan O’Gara (Munster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster)

7 thoughts on “Ireland unveil Autumn Internationals squad

  1. Kearney is a big loss.

    Do people think the Ulster halfbacks are unlucky? Does Ogara deserve his spot?

    1. No Jackson I can understand, he’s not international just yet, maybe next year’s 6N he’ll sub for Sexton but not yet. Marshall not in at scrum half is Declan Kidney planning for the future….that must be why he has all those old Munster players in there…

  2. Interesting to see that Downey hasn’t made the cut. I would have had him in there instead of D’arcy personally, he hasn’t performed for Ireland since around 08/09!

    Good squad overall though to be honest, however what the hell is O’Gara doing there!!!
    Surely one of Madigan, Keatley or Jackson would be better a option. Or at least pick 3 fly halves and keep O’Gara for his experience if you want.

  3. Good squad but ROG should be replaced with Keatley or Madigan Ronan has had his day time to go and give the younger guys a chance its not like we are short of good first fives.
    Murray over Marshall is a big call on form you would have to pick Marshall.

  4. Wow,, first the English now the Irish,, next the welsh,,what’s wrong with u guys stealing players from other countries,, and don’t come tell me u lot developed him,, Strauss was developed in Bloemfontein at grey,, a proper vrystaat boy.. Give it a few years and I bet you will have a few more.

  5. Disappointed to see Paul Marshall is not included. Definitely one of the three top performing scrum halves so far this season and possibly deserves to be the starting scrumhalf.

    Ronan O Gara is very lucky to be included as he has competition from Ian Keatley and Paddy Jackson now for the replacment out half position. Ian Madigan could also feel hard done by as he is starring at full back this season for Leinster and we all know that Kidney likes to include a utilty back on the bench which is why Paddy Wallace is there.

    As for the accusation about “developing” foregin players we are not the ones “raping” Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

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