Six Ulster players named in Ireland squad for November series

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By David Hunter

Five Ulster players have been named in the Ireland squad for next month's Guinness series. 

Stuart McCloskey ,Jacob Stockdale, Kieran Treadwell, Rob Herring, Iian Henderson and Rory Best will head to camp. 

Ireland take on South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in the Aviva Stadium.

Four uncapped players have also been named as Bundee Aki, Adam Byrne, Chris Farrell and Darren Sweetnam.

Ireland face the Springboks for the first time since the 2015 Summer Tour where they recorded a first ever victory on South African soil at Newlands but ultimately lost the series decider. 

Earlier this month the Springboks came within a point of beating the All Blacks in their final game of this year's Rugby Championship having twice drawn with Australia and recorded victories home and away against the Pumas. 

Fiji come to Ireland as the reigning Pacific Nations Cup champions and have secured qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019 by virtue of being the top team in the region over the course of the past two seasons.

The final game of the Guinness Series sees Ireland square off against Argentina. The two sides have not met since the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff in October 2015.

Ireland Head Coach, Joe Schmidt, commented, "In what we anticipate will be an incredibly physical Guinness Series plenty will be demanded of the squad.

We have retained a core of experienced players but have also included a number of promising players that we hope will acquit themselves well."

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