Copeland named in Ireland squad

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Sam Matthews

Former Kilkenny College student Robin Copeland has been named in Joe Schmidt’s preliminary 44-man squad for Ireland’s upcoming Six Nations campaign.

Former Kilkenny College student Robin Copeland has been named in Joe Schmidt’s preliminary 44-man squad for Ireland’s upcoming Six Nations campaign.

It’s a huge opportunity for the explosive back row forward, who will join Munster next season. He has had a fantastic year with current club Cardiff Blues.

“Following on from the Guinness Series, there is an experienced core of players in the squad who will offer continuity, as well as some new additions who have been selected with an eye to the future,” said Schmidt in an IRFU statement.

“With Robin Copeland returning to play in Ireland next season it will be an opportunity for him to impress during the training week, while some of the younger or less experienced players such as Rob Herring, Iain Henderson, Rhys Ruddock, Kieran Marmion and Felix Jones have turned in some very positive performances to earn spots in the squad.”

Copeland left Kilkenny College in 2006. He started his senior career with Leinster, going onto St Mary’s RFC and eventually making his way onto Plymouth on the south coast of England where he played in the championship. This was promptly followed by a stint at Rotherham, before his signing for Cardiff Blues.