Ireland squad announced for the June tour of South Africa

Ireland squad announced for the June tour of South Africa

A squad of 32 players have now been selected for the upcoming Irish Rugby tour of South Africa.

The squad will leave for South Africa on the 5th of June and will be based in Cape Town for the first Test at the DHL Newlands Stadium before moving to Johannesburg for the second Test at Emirates Airline Park.

The final test will take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Ulster back row Sean Reidy and Connacht second row Quinn Roux have both been named, with the former having played his way into the squad in recent weeks after a number of powerful displays with his province.

Some big names did miss out, however, with Bordeaux-bound Ian Madigan and centre Stuart McCloskey both absent from the squad list.

Other notable absentees include flanker's Tommy O'Donnell (Munster) and Chris Henry (Ulster) and the top two try-scorers in the Pro12, Craig Gilroy (Ulster) and Matt Healy (Pro12).

Cian Healy, Denis Buckley, Nathan White, Josh van der Flier, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Tommy Bowe, Andrew Conway and Simon Zebo were unavailable for selection.

Ireland Squad for 2016 Summer Tour of South Africa:

Forwards (18)

Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) CAPTAIN
Sean Cronin (St Mary's/Leinster)
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) Vice-captain
Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Jack McGrath (St Mary's/Leinster)
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Sean Reidy (Ulster)
Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht)
Rhys Ruddock (St Mary's/Leinster)
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
CJ Stander (Munster)
Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Backs (14)

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)
Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock/Leinster)
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)
Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
Kieran Marmion (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Luke Marshall (Ulster)
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
Stuart Olding (Ulster)
Jared Payne (Ulster)
Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster)
Johnny Sexton (St Mary's/Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)


South Africa v IRELAND
Saturday, 11th June, 2016
DHL Newlands Stadium KO 17:00 (16:00 GMT)

South Africa v IRELAND
Saturday, 18th June, 2016
Emirates Airline Park KO 17:00 (16:00 GMT)

South Africa v IRELAND
Saturday, 25th June, 2016
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium KO 17:00 (16:00 GMT)