Rugby

SA duo in Ireland squad

2014-10-22 10:15
Richardt Strauss (File)
Cape Town - South African-born duo, Richardt Strauss and Robbie Diack, have been included in Ireland's 37-man squad for the November internationals.

Ireland tackle South Africa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 8, before facing Georgia on Sunday, November 16 and Australia on Saturday, November 22.

Ulster flank Diack, who won his first Test cap for Ireland against Argentina in June, has shown good form in the Celtic Pro12 and has been rewarded with another call-up, while Strauss returned to the playing field two weeks ago following a torn hamstring which kept him sidelined for nearly five months. 

According to the ESPNscrum website, coach Joe Schmidt also named  five uncapped players in his squad. They are Darragh Leader, Nathan White, Jared Payne, Dave Foley and Dominic Ryan.

Ireland face a string of injuries to senior players in what are key fixtures ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup, with the likes of Keith Earls, Luke Fitzgerald, Cian Healy, Sean O'Brien and Donnacha Ryan all unavailable for selection.

Ireland squad:

Forwards
Stephen Archer, Rodney Ah You, Rory Best, James Cronin, Sean Cronin, Robbie Diack, Dave Foley, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip, Dave Kilcoyne, Mike McCarthy, Jack McGrath, Paul O'Connell (captain), Tommy O'Donnell, Peter O'Mahony, Mike Ross, Rhys Ruddock, Dominic Ryan, Richardt Strauss, Devin Toner, Nathan White

Backs
Tommy Bowe, Godpn D'Arcy, Graig Gilroy, Robbie Henshaw, Felix Jones, Rob Kearney, Ian Keatly, Darragh Leader, Ian Madigan, Kieran Marmion, Conor Murray, Stuart Olding, Jared Payne, Eoin Reddan, Johnny Sexton, Simon Zebo

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