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Ulster's Stuart McCloskey called up for Ireland's Six Nations squad

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Ulster ace Stuart McCloskey.

Ulster ace Stuart McCloskey.

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Ulster ace Stuart McCloskey.

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey has been called up to Ireland's Six Nations squad ahead of their warm weather training camp in Portugal.

McCloskey was one of the most notable absentees from Andy Farrell's first squad as Ireland head coach when it was announced last week.

But he will now link up with the national side as they build up to the first tournament under Farrell, and their first since their disappointing World Cup in Japan.

McCloskey has been in sensational form for Ulster, playing a vital role in helping the province reach the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup for the second consecutive year.

Forming a partnership with Luke Marshall in the centre, the pair have been excellent, and now McCloskey has been rewarded by being called up to the Ireland squad.

The centre will compete for game time during the Six Nations with Leinster's Robbie Henshaw and Connacht's Bundee Aki.

Ireland head to Portugal for a warm weather training camp this week before beginning their Six Nations campaign at home to Scotland on February 1.

Belfast Telegraph