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Humphreys surprised by Ireland A call

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Ian Humphreys admitted to being shocked by his call-up for a first cap for Ireland A this week. The Tigers fly-half trained with Leicester this week before flying to Belfast where he will make his Ireland A debut against England Saxons - and club colleague Jordan Crane - at Ravenhill this evening.

"I had not heard anything in advance of the squad being announced so it was a big surprise," said Humphreys. "I am obviously very excited by it and it helps that I have come over with Shane Jennings and Leo Cullen who are both in the squad too. I also know quite a lot of the guys from Ulster and the younger age groups.

"I have only played at Ravenhill a couple of times but it will be nice to be there and play in front of a lot of friends and family."

Humphreys said his older brother David, holder of 72 senior caps for Ireland, was among the first well-wishers after his call-up. "He was very pleased for me and just wished me good luck for the game," he added.

The 24-year-old has made a big impression this season after earning a run in the Leicester side which included the famous win over Munster at Thomond Park.

He has signed a new contract to stay at Welford Road and said: "I have just been trying to get some game-time with Leicester and if you do that then the representative side looks after itself. My aim at the start of the year was to get some games and then to stay longer at the club and fortunately Leicester have decided I was worth keeping."