Ferris ruled out of New Zealand tour
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Kevin McLaughlin narrowly missed out on selection for the original 29-man squad named earlier this week, but steps up into the touring party in place of Stephen Ferris, who has been ruled out due to a calf injury sustained in the Heineken Cup final.
McLaughlin, the versatile Dublin-born back rower, made his Ireland debut against Italy during the 2010 Six Nations and won his second cap as a replacement in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland last August.
There are several remaining positions to be filled in the squad for the New Zealand tour.
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