Dave Kilcoyne, one of five Munster players in the Ireland squad
FIVE Munster players have been included in the 32-man Ireland squad to tour South Africa next month.
Forwards Dave Kilcoyne, South African-born CJ Stander and second-row Donnacha Ryan have been included in the touring party for the three-Test series against the Springboks, while backs Keith Earls and Conor Murray are also included.
Three more Munster players, back-row Peter O’Mahony and wingers Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway, are ruled out of the tour through injury.
There was disappointment for Munster prop James Cronin and flanker Tommy O’Donnell who are not included. O’Donnell did sustain a concussion during Munster’s final regular season Pro12 clash with the Scarlets earlier this month.
The squad will depart for South Africa on Sunday, June 5 and will be based in Cape Town ahead of the first Test at the DHL Newlands Stadium before moving to Johannesburg for the second Test at Emirates Airline Park. The third and final Test will take place in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
All three Tests will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Ireland squad: Forwards (18); Finlay Bealham (Corinthians/Connacht); Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (c); Sean Cronin (St Marys/Leinster); Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht); Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster); Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) (vc); Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster); David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster); Jack McGrath (St Marys/Leinster); Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster); Sean Reidy (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*; Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster); Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht)*; Rhys Ruddock (St Marys/Leinster); Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster); CJ Stander (Munster); Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster); Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Backs (14) Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster); Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock/Leinster); Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht); Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster); David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster); Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht); Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster); Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Stuart Olding (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster); Jared Payne (Ulster); Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster); Jonathan Sexton (St Marys/Leinster); Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
*Denotes uncapped player