The IRFU have announced the provisional squad for the Autumn Internationals.
It’s a big step up for Iain Henderson and Luke Marshall who join Rory Best, Tom Court, Darren Cave, Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry, Andrew Trimble and Dan Tuohy to bring Ulster’s representation to 10. More players will be added after this weekend’s Pro12 which should include a prop and a back.
Ireland Squad (Club/Privince/Caps): 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).
Apart from young Henderson stellar progression I’m finding it difficult to get worked up for this so nothing more to add.