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Joy and pain for Ulster's Ireland stars

By Jonathan Bradley

Sean Reidy's fine form for Ulster has been rewarded with a first call-up to the Ireland squad but there is no place for some of his provincial team-mates.

Stuart McCloskey, Craig Gilroy and Chris Henry will all miss out on the three-Test tour to South Africa next month.

Uncapped Reidy was born in New Zealand but qualifies for Ireland thanks to a Kerry-born grandfather and will hope to make his international debut just two years after arriving at the Kingspan on a short-term deal.

Rory Best will again be captaining Joe Schmidt's men with Iain Henderson, Paddy Jackson, Luke Marshall, Stuart Olding, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne also getting the call.

Jackson is one of only two fly-halves in the party while it is a first call-up for fit-again Stuart Olding since November 2014.

Ireland have never won a Test on South African soil with kick-off in Cape Town on June 11.

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