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Farrell named in Ireland squad for first time

Chris Farrell (centre) has been named in Ireland squad for first time

FIVEMILETOWN native Chris Farrell is one of four new players named in the Ireland squad for the forthcoming Autumn Gunness Series against South Africa, Argentina and Fiji.

Farrell, a former member of Clogher Valley RFC, has been catching the eye since joining Munster from French outfit Grenoble at the beginning of the season.

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Connacht’s Bundee Aki, Leinster’s Adam Byrne and Farrell’s Munster team-mate Darren Sweetnam have also been named for the first time.

Farrell, 24, is one of the rising stars of Irish rugby. The big centre first made his name with his home province of Ulster after making his debut against Leinster on Boxing Day 2011.

The former Schools’ Cup winner joined Top 14 French outfit Grenoble in 2014. He has played for Ireland at U20 level.

Looking forward to the three-match series, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “In what we anticipate will be an incredibly physical Guinness Series, plenty will be demanded of the squad. We have retained a core of experienced players but have also included a number of promising players that we hope will acquit themselves well.”

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