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Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson has been ruled out of Ireland’s Test against New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday for “personal reasons”.
The 24-year-old was not included in the final 27-man squad that will travel to the United States for the first of Ireland’s four autumn internationals.
Iain Henderson continues to recover from a shoulder injury, while centre Luke Marshall also misses out.
Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony are recovering from long injury absences.
Both back-row forwards are likely to be given more game time with Leinster and Munster respectively in this weekend’s Pro12 fixtures.
O’Brien continued his phased return to action by playing for almost an hour of Leinster’s win over Connacht on Saturday, while O’Mahony completed his first full 80 minutes in Munster’s victory over Ulster.
O’Mahony has spent the past year overcoming a cruciate ligament injury, while O’Brien has recovered from a torn hamstring sustained in the Six Nations in February.
Leinster hooker James Tracy is omitted after originally being named as one of six uncapped players in Ireland coach Joe Schmidt’s original 34-man squad.
Three other Leinster players, Joey Carbery, Luke McGrath and Garry Ringrose, remain as they hope to secure a first international cap, along with Munster’s Billy Holland and John Ryan.
Keith Earls is unavailable after being given a two-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Fraser Brown in Munster’s win over Glasgow on Saturday.
|Ireland’s 2016 autumn internationals|
|5 November||v New Zealand||Soldier Field, Chicago||20:00 GMT|
|12 November||v Canada||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||19:15 GMT|
|19 November||v New Zealand||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||17:30 GMT|
|26 November||v Australia||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||17:30 GMT|
Marshall started two of Ireland’s three Tests against South Africa in the summer but appears to have dropped down the centres pecking order, with Ringrose regarded as a possible starter this weekend.
Lock Ultan Dillane and props Tadhg Furlong and Finlay Bealham suffered knocks in the weekend’s Pro12 games but have been deemed fit to travel.
Fifteen members of the travelling party were rested from the interprovincial derbies, with most or all of those players expected to line up against the All Blacks.
The Ireland squad trained at Carton House on Monday and will train again on Thursday after travelling to Chicago.
Ireland have never beaten the All Blacks, who recently extended their winning streak to a record 18 matches by beating Australia 37-10.
Ireland squad: Finlay Bealham (Connacht), Rory Best (Ulster, capt), Joey Carbery (Leinster), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Ultan Dillane (Connacht), Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), Craig Gilroy (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster, vice captain), Robbie Henshaw (Leinster), Billy Holland (Munster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Connacht), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Luke McGrath (Leinster), Jordi Murphy (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Garry Ringrose (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), John Ryan (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Josh van der Flier (Leinster), Simon Zebo (Munster).