Stephen Ferris ruled out of New Zealand tour

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He replaces the injured Stephen Ferris (calf).

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.