Ireland wait on O’Connell
31 May 2012
Paul O’Connell will only join the rest of the 30-man squad named to tour New Zealand if he passes a late fitness test on Friday.
The experienced lock and former British & Irish Lions captain has been battling with a knee injury. It is hoped that he will be fit enough to travel as an Ireland side without O’Connell will be significantly weakened at the set piece.
Scrumhalf Isaac Boss and flank Stephen Ferris have already been ruled out because of injuries.
The first test between Ireland and New Zealand is at Eden Park on 9 June.
Forwards: Rory Best (Ulster), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Declan Fitzpatrick (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Ronan Loughney (Connacht), Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster), Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Sean O’Brien (Leinster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Mike Sherry (Munster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster), Brett Wilkinson (Connacht)
Backs: Darren Cave (Ulster), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Keith Earls (Munster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), Paul Marshall (Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster, c), Ronan O’Gara (Munster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster)