Ireland without star playmaker for SA tour

Peter O’Mahony will captain an Ireland squad missing two key players in their Test series against the Springboks in July.

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell on Tuesday evening named a 35-player squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa, led by veteran loose forward O’Mahony.

Farrell has included three uncapped players in the squad, as Leinster duo Jamie Osborne (centre) and Sam Prendergast (flyhalf) are rewarded for their performances at provincial level, while Ulster’s Cormac Izuchukwu (lock) earns his first senior call up.

Ireland will be without star scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park for the tour due to injury, while loose forward Jack Conan will also miss the series for personal reasons.

Farrell’s side will go head-to-head with the Springboks in the opening Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday, 6 July (5pm local time), with Kings Park in Durban hosting the second Test a week later on Saturday, 13 July (5pm local time).

“Travelling to South Africa to play a Test Series against the defending world champions provides no greater test for us, and it is another valuable opportunity for us to further grow and develop from the Six Nations,” Farrell said.

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