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Illness rules Keith out: Stephen retires

By the Editor

THERE is regret in Limerick that Keith Earls will not be able to take part in Ireland´s tour of Argentina due to a stomach complaint ((gastroeneritis to give it is full medical term). Keith certainly needed this tour to further establish himself in what is a very important period in his career and his forced withdrawal from the squad is a blow. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Other news on the Limerick rugby front is that the Munster Branch are happy with ticket sales for the coming season. 8,500 season tickets have been sold for 2014/15, 7,000 for the Pro 12 and 5,000 for the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Junior Club membership stands at 1,000 with renewal in October.
Munster Rugby Supporters Club manager Jennifer Kieran says that they are ´delighted with the commitment of the Red Army supporters.
The retirement of Stephen Ferris is also regreattable. The back-row had a very promising career ahead of him but a broken ankle against Edinburgh in November 2012 has eventually forced his retirement. He played his last game against Saracens in the Heineken Cup quarter final, played all Ireland games in the World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 and was part of the grand slam success with Ireland in 2009. We wish Stephen all the best in his life after rugby football.
The Irish Rugby Football Union has confirmed that National Team Forwards Coach John Plumtree is to leave his role with the national team following the Tour of Argentina due to family reasons.
The New Zealander joined the Ireland national coaching team in September 2013 and worked with the national team during the 2013 Guinness Series and the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
John Plumtree, said, “I have really enjoyed working with Joe, Les and the players over the last few months. But at the end of the day family must come first and we must do what we think is best for the Plumtree family. I would like to thank the IRFU for their understanding and wish everyone involved in Irish rugby the best of luck for the future.”
Keith Earls has been ruled out due to illness (gastroeneritis) and Martin Moore is ruled out due to injury (fractured toe). Connacht’s Rodney Ah You and Leinster’s Noel Reid have been called into the squad.
Forwards (16)
Rodney Ah You (Buccaneers/Connacht) *
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 75
James Cronin (Dolphin/Munster) *
Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster) *
Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 10
Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster) 14
Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) 65
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) *
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 8
Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 8
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 2
Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 92
Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster) 39
Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 2
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 15
Damien Varley (Garryowen/Munster) 2
Backs (13)
Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 5
Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster) 5
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 54
Ian Madigan (Blackrock/Leinster) 8
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) *
Luke Marshall (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 5
Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 26
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 27
Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 54
Noel Reid (Clontarf/Leinster) *
Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro) 43
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 55
Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 6

*Denotes uncapped player

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