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Zebo Back As Andy Farrell Names Exciting 38-Man Squad For November Series

Zebo Back As Andy Farrell Names Exciting 38-Man Squad For November Series
Jonathan Browne
By Jonathan Browne
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Andy Farrell has named a 38 man Ireland squad for the November series against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina.

Jonathan Sexton is captaining the side while Lions players Bundee Aki, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson and Conor Murray all return to the squad.

There's first call ups for Dan Sheehan and Ciarán Frawley while Jack Carty, Jacob Stockdale and Rhys Ruddock have been excluded from the squad.

Likewise, Robbie Henshaw has missed out on the squad as well. The Leinster centre hasn't played a game since the Lions tour in the summer as he has a foot injury. It isn't known how long he will be out for but still hasn't been selected.

There is a couple of young, exciting call-ups to the Ireland squad too. James Hume, Robert Baloucoune and Nick Timoney all got called up. Ulster have been on fantastic form this year so those three along with Tom O'Toole, Rob Herring, Stuart McCloskey and Iain Henderson deserve the nod.


Harry Byrne has been selected as third choice fly-half most likely. The youngster limped off with an injury during Leinster's URC match against Zebre and hasn't been on the pitch since. But if he can stay fit he is very talented and has bags of potential.

This Ireland squad also sees the return of Simon Zebo to the Ireland set-up. The winger hasn't worn an Ireland jersey since moving to Racing 92 in 2018.


Ireland take on Japan on Saturday November 6th, followed by New Zealand on 13th and Argentina lastly on 21st November. All the matches will be at the Aviva in front of a full capacity crowd. It will be the first time Ireland have played in front of a crowd since 2020 when they beat Wales 24-14 in the 6 Nations.

Ireland Squad for November series 2021

Ireland Squad list:

Forwards (20)
Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 5 caps
Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 16 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 22 caps
Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 20 caps
Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) 2 caps
Ultan Dillane (Connacht/Corinthians) 19 caps
Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 9 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 49 caps
Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 109 caps
Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 63 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 22 caps
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster/Lansdowne) 13 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 45 caps
Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 76 caps
Tom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 1 cap
Andrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 37 caps
James Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 37 caps
Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 0 caps
Nick Timoney (Ulster/Banbridge) 1 cap
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 32 caps

Backs (18)
Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 31 caps
Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Enniskillen) 1 cap
Harry Byrne (Leinster/Lansdowne) 1 cap
Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 24 caps
Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 3 caps
Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 25 caps
Keith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 93 caps
Ciaran Frawley (Leinster/UCD) 0 caps
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 10 caps
James Hume (Ulster/Banbridge) 1 cap
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 13 caps
Jordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 30 caps
James Lowe (Leinster) 6 caps
Stuart McCloskey (Ulster/Bangor) 5 caps
Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 89 caps
Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 34 caps
Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 99 caps CAPTAIN
Simon Zebo (Munster/Cork Constitution) 35 caps


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