Copeland makes squad for Six Nations opener

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Former Kilkenny College student Robin Copeland has been named in the final 34-man squad for Ireland’s two opening matches in the Six Nations tournament.

Former Kilkenny College student Robin Copeland has been named in the final 34-man squad for Ireland’s two opening matches in the Six Nations tournament.

Coach Joe Schmidt named the squad this afternoon, and Copeland is one of three uncapped players who played for the Irish Wolfhounds team on Saturday to be included. That team managed to hold the England Saxons to a single intercept try and one penalty on the afternoon, winning 14-8.

Copeland played for the full 80 minutes, and made several trademark charging runs. He also established himself as a defensive leader at the fringes of the ruck, with a number of crucial tackles and turnovers.

The 26-year-old is set to play his rugby in Munster next season, following a successful stint at the Cardiff Blues. He graduated from Kilkenny College in 2006.

Ireland’s opening games are against Scotland and Wales, both at home.