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Irish winger to miss All Blacks Test

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/10/2016

A mix up between Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour of Scotland gifts a try to Keith Earls of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. © Richard Heathcote/Getty Images A mix up between Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour of Scotland gifts a try to Keith Earls of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland international Keith Earls has been banned for two weeks after being sent off in a European Champions Cup game.

It means the Munster wing will not be available for Ireland's autumn Test series opener against World Cup holders New Zealand in Chicago on November 5.

Earls was dismissed by French referee Jerome Garces for a dangerous tackle on Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown during last Saturday's Champions Cup encounter at Thomond Park.

Earls pleaded guilty to the offence.

He is included in Ireland coach's Joe Schmidt 34-man squad, which features six uncapped players, for the Test.

It features 21-year-old Leinster centre Garry Ringrose, an exciting talent who has begun to form a potent partnership at club level with Robbie Henshaw,and he is joined in the squad by three other Leinster debutants - five-eighth Joey Carbery, hooker James Tracy and scrumhalf Luke McGrath.

John Ryan also earned a call up on Wednesday alongside Billy Holland, in contention to win a first cap at the age of 31 for the November 5 clash.

Ireland will face New Zealand again in Dublin on November 19, either side of home games against Canada and the Wallabies.

"With more than half the squad likely to be involved in Pro12 action this weekend, plus the need to factor in the travel and fatigue from the Chicago fixture, a number of players are on standby who are likely to be involved during the first two weeks of the (Tests)," Schmidt said.

Squad: Finlay Bealham, Rory Best (captain), Joey Carbery, Sean Cronin, Ultan Dillane, Keith Earls, Tadgh Furlong, Craig Gilroy, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Iain Henderson, Robbie Henshaw, Billy Holland, Paddy Jackson, Rob Kearney, Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Jack McGrath, Luke McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Conor Murray, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, Jared Payne, Garry Ringrose, Donnacha Ryan, John Ryan, Jonathan Sexton, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, James Tracy, Andrew Trimble, Josh van der Flier, Simon Zebo

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