Rugby Rob Kearney misses out as Andy Farrell names eight uncapped players in first Ireland training squad

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Rugby Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named a 45-man training squad for December mini-camp. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named a 45-man training squad for December mini-camp. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Andy Farrell has named his first training squad as Ireland head coach, with eight uncapped players included.

Scrum-half Caolin Blade (Connacht), Leinster quintet Will Connors, Max Deegan, Caelan Doris, Jamison Gibson Park and Ronan Kelleher and Ulster duo Billy Burns and Tom O’Toole have all been called up to what the IRFU are calling a ‘mid-season stocktake’.

Overall, Farrell has selected 45 players for the mini-camp in Abbotstown, which takes place across December 22 and 23 this week.

Rob Kearney, Sean Cronin, Jordi Murphy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion and John Ryan are among the players who are not included.

“The national coaches have been around the provinces watching games and having good conversations with players and the provincial coaches,” Andy Farrell said.

“We have limited opportunities across the busy provincial season to

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