Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss called up for Ireland's autumn internationals
Ireland have named South African-born Richardt Strauss in their 31-man squad for the November Tests.
Last Updated: 24/10/12 2:06pm
The Leinster hooker is eligible for selection after completing the three-year residency requirement and is one of four uncapped players called up by Declan Kidney.
Ulster duo Luke Marshall and Iain Henderson and Munster prop David Kilcoyne will join Strauss in the games against South Africa (November 10), Fiji (November 17) and Argentina (November 24).
However Leinster full-back Rob Kearney misses out after being told he needs surgery on his back.
Kidney said: "We have three incredibly competitive games ahead of us in November and while there have been quite a few injuries and niggles in the early part of the season, it has opened up opportunities for other players to step into the squad.
"There are world ranking points on offer, so the underlying challenge for us is to work towards retaining and improving our ranking position ahead of the Rugby World Cup pool draw.
"While that is the end goal, our focus will be getting our preparations right to match the intensity of international games."
Ireland: Rory Best (Ulster), Tommy Bowe (Ulster), Darren Cave (Ulster), Tom Court (Ulster), Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), Keith Earls (Munster), Stephen Ferris (Ulster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster), David Kilcoyne (Munster), Luke Marshall (Ulster), John Muldoon (Connacht), Conor Murray (Munster), Mike McCarthy (Connacht), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster), Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster), Paul O'Connell (Munster), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster - Captain), Ronan O'Gara (Munster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Richardt Strauss (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster), Simon Zebo (Munster).