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Reddan is a big fan of McCloskey

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 20/01/2016

New friends: Eoin Reddan and Stuart McCloskey get close
New friends: Eoin Reddan and Stuart McCloskey get close

Ireland and Leinster scrum-half Eoin Reddan has been impressed with the form of Stuart McCloskey as the Ulster centre eagerly awaits news of Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad this afternoon.

The uncapped 23-year-old has put in a string of strong displays for his province this season and is tipped to be one of the new faces revealed by Irish management at lunchtime.

"I met Stuart McCloskey for the first time in camp (this month)," said 68-times capped Reddan. "He's down to earth. He's playing really well and he's a nice lad."

With Robbie Henshaw set to return for Connacht this weekend, however, Schmidt has plenty of midfield options.

"Joe will come up with a plan that suits whatever combinations are chosen," added the Limerick native. "It will be tough on some because they are all playing well."

Ulster will be hoping that Reddan and his Leinster team-mates can do them a favour this weekend by overcoming fellow Champions Cup quarter-final hopefuls Wasps.

Clermont's Georgian prop Viktor Kolelishvili has been suspended for 14 weeks for pushing match referee Wayne Barnes.

The 26-year-old was banned after the incident in the 17th minute of his side's Champions Cup match with the Ospreys on Friday.

The sanction is on the low end of the scale for abuse of the referee and was halved from 28 weeks after the player showed remorse for his actions.

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