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South Africa v Ireland: Ulster forward Cormac Izuchukwu relishing ‘unreal’ opportunity with Irish

Cormac Izuchukwu on the charge for Ulster against Munster earlier this month

Cormac Izuchukwu says phoning his mother to tell her of his first call-up to the Ireland squad made the achievement even more sweet.

The 24-year-old Ulster forward was named in Andy Farrell’s 35-player panel for the upcoming two-Test tour of South Africa.

Ireland face the back-to-back World Cup winners in the opener in Pretoria on Saturday 6 July, with a second meeting to follow seven days later.

“To be even considered for Ireland is unbelievable and when I got the email [to confirm his place] I was over the moon,” the Tullamore man said at a press conference on Monday.

“I phoned my mam and it was genuinely one of the best phone calls I’ve ever had – hearing how happy she was with me, that was all worth it.”

A strong finish to the season earned Izuchukwu, who can play at lock and back row, a place on the plane to South Africa.

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