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Ireland Squad Named Today

24th October 2012 By jess

Ireland Squad Named Today

Ahead of the announcement later today of the international squad for the upcoming internationals Munster’s coach Rob Penney can anticipate the exodus of a clutch of his players after this weekend’s RaboDirect PRO12.

All of the squad will be availablle for selection for the visit of Zebre on Friday night to Thomond Park Stadium and it's likely that the side that runs out will be along the same lines as the one that took on Edinburgh.

However, Paul O'Connell, Donncha O'Callaghan, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Conor Murray, either Mike Sherry or Damien Varley, Simon Zebo and Felix Jones can all expect to be swopping their Munster for Ireland.

The absence of Rob Kearney means the return to action of Jones is particularly opportune and like Ronan O'Gara and Keith Earls, Jones is likely to be included in Declan Kidney's squad but could be involved in Munster's game against Cardiff Blues Friday week with a view to them getting much needed game time.

And if the Ireland coach is to go on current form when assembling his squad then Munster's loose-head Dave Kilcoyne could also be named while James Downey, Denis Hurley and Sean Dougall are also contenders. The Ireland squad will be named at 12 today.

Meanwhile Munster have their first squad session of the week in Cork today as they prepare for the visit of the Italian new boys.

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