9 Dec, 19:48
Munster are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated Cardiff Blues utility forward Robin Copeland.
After completing his second year in the Academy the 23 year old prop secured a Senior contract going into season 12/13 and has embraced the move with gusto, featuring in 7 of Munster’s 8 games this season.
The Limerick man is one of four uncapped players named in the Ireland squad, and is joined by Leinster's Richardt Strauss amd Ulster's Iain Henderson and Luke Marshall.
Munster Forwards Coach Anthony Foley has been added to the Ireland Coaching team and will lead the defence plans and systems allowing Assistant Coach Les Kiss to lead the attack shape for the team as well as continue to coach the backline.
Foley will remain working with Munster Rugby outside of the international window and said the following about his appointment, "I was delighted when Declan approached Rob and me about the possibility of working with the Ireland team again. I enjoyed the opportunity I got during the Six Nations working with the players and I felt once we were all comfortable with the balance between Munster and Ireland, I jumped at the chance. I certainly feel I can contribute positively and when you get the chance to coach with your country, you don’t want to pass it up."
Nine Munster players have been named in total with the full squad listed below.
Irish Rugby Squad
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster/62)
Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster/49)
Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster/3)
Tom Court (Malone/Ulster/29)
Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster/69)
Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster/32)
Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster/35)
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster/33)
Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster/50)
Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster)*
Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster/2)
David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)*
John Muldoon (Galwegians/Connacht/3)
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster/12)
Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers/Connacht/4)
Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster/14)
Kevin McLaughlin (St. Mary's College/Leinster/5)
Donncha O'Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster/88)
Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster/85)
Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster/120) Captain
Ronan O'Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster/124
Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster/7)
Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster/45)
Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster/22)
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster/21)
Jonathan Sexton (St.Mary's College/Leinster/32)
Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)*
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster/48)
Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster/5)
Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster/1)
N.B. *denotes uncapped player
Ticket sales have reached over 46,000 for the South Africa game with only a limited number of categories available for purchase from www.irishrugby.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie. While the Argentina game is a full month away, ticket sales are at just over 37,000 tickets and are selling quickly and have already surpassed the attendance the last time Argentina visited the Aviva.
Ireland XV play Fiji in Thomond Park and tickets are available to buy online here.
Ireland November Guinness Series Fixtures:
Sat. 10th Nov. Ireland v South Africa, AVIVA Stadium, ko 5.30pm
Sat. 1th Nov. Ireland XV v Fiji, Thomond Park Stadium, ko 5.30pm
Sat. 24th Nov. Ireland v Argentina, AVIVA Stadium, 2pm