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Morris called up for summer duty

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Niall Morris has been selected in the Emerging Ireland for this summer's Tblisi Cup tournament in Georgia.

The Irish RFU have announced the selections for a senior tour to the USA and Canada, as well as the Emerging Ireland squad.

The senior party of 28 includes six uncapped players, while Morris is among a 26-man selection for the Georgia tour.

The 24-year-old Morris has been in fine form or Tigers, scoring six tries in 23 starts this season.

Acting head coach Les Kiss said: “Both tours are hugely important in the context of providing valuable game exposure, building depth and gaining experience in the Irish jersey.

“For the North America tour we have selected a squad who I believe have the right mix of youth and experience and I'm really looking forward to working with them over the next few weeks. USA and Canada have improved enormously since the 2011 RWC and we know we will be in for two tough test matches.

“The Georgian tour will be a great experience for the players, most of who have recently come through the Ireland under-age system. It will be a tough tour with three games in 14 days and a smaller squad of 26 players, which should mean everyone getting significant game time.”

Ireland Squad (North American Tour)
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)
Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster)
Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Tom Court (Ulster)
Declan Fitzpatrick (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Jamie Hagan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*
Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster)
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)*
Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)
Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster)
David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Kieran Marmion (Galwegians/Connacht)*
Paul Marshall (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*
Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Kevin McLaughlin (St. Marys/Leinster)
Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
Stuart Olding (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*
Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)
Mike Sherry (Garryowen/Munster)*
Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster)
Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)

Emerging Ireland Squad (Tblisi Cup, Georgia)
Michael Allen (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*
Michael Bent (Leinster)
Andrew Conway (Blackrock/Leinster)*
John Cooney (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
David Foley (UL Bohemian/Munster)*
Eoin Griffin (Galwegians/Connacht)*
Cathal Marsh ()*
Michael Heaney (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*
Robert Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)*
David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)
Richard Lutton (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*
Brendan Macken (Blackrock/Leinster)*
Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s/Leinster)*
Eoin McKeon (Galwegians/Connacht)*
Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
Niall Morris (Leicester Tigers/Exiles)*
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
Ian Nagle (Cork Constitution/Munster)*
Robbie Diack ()*
Tiernan O'Halloran (Galwegians/Connacht)*
Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster)*
Lewis Stevenson (Malone/Ulster)*

Players were not considered due to injury include Stephen Ferris, Eoin Reddan, Luke Fitzgerald, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Marshall, David McSharry, Keith Earls, Stephen Archer.

N.B. *denotes uncapped player