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Exeter Chiefs young prop John Andress has been called up to the Ireland A squad ahead of this years Six Nations.

The former Ireland U21s player has been named in a nine-strong A panel that will be supplemented by players from the national squad for A games.

Andress, who turned 25 on Tuesday, said today: I got a phone call about it yesterday from the Ireland manager Paul McNaughton. It did come as a surprise to me but Pete (Drewett) had called me in about a week ago and said I might be involved.

I am really pleased. Its good to know someone has been keeping an eye on me while I have been playing in England. It was a great birthday present.

The senior squad for the France game and the squad for the A game will be announced at the end of the first week of camp on Friday, January 30. Both teams will be announced on Tuesday, February 3.

Commenting on the A panel announced, Ireland coach Declan Kidney said: The A games are important in building our panel and exposing as many players to international level games. Players will benefit from this opportunity and it allows us to track their progress.

At the same time, we will continue to monitor all of the other Irish-qualified players who have been playing consistently well in the Magners League and the European competitions.

Chiefs director of rugby Pete Drewett said: John thoroughly deserves this selection. Hes been playing superbly for Chiefs and everybody at the club is delighted for him.

One of our club goals is to develop players so that they can fulfill their international ambitions. Johns selection adds to other international successes we have had with Kevin Barrett, Chris Cracknell and Josh Drauniniu playing for England Sevens, Chad Slade for Samoa, our Academys Ben Moon and Josh Matavesi selected for England U20s training, and Andy Miller for Scotland A and Richie Pugh for Wales sevens.

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