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Experience and New Blood for Ireland to face the USA

Ireland has named a 31-man roster for upcoming international activity. The Irish are to play three June Internationals, taking on the USA and Japan. The squad named for the test matches includes new blood with eight uncapped players.

Joe Schmidt is to take the following uncapped players on tour: John Cooney, Dave Heffernan, Rory O’Loughlin, Andrew Porter, James Ryan, Rory Scannell, Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell.

Schmidt is without eleven players who have been selected by Warren Gatland to play for the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand. Additional players could yet be called-up if injuries require it.

Ireland’s opening match will be on June 10 against the USA. The match will take place at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. From there Ireland will take on Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool A rivals Japan in Shizuoka on June 17 and in Tokyo on June 24.

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Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Jack Conan, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Dave Kilcoyne, Dan Leavy, Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Donoghue, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, Devin Toner, James Tracy, Kieran Treadwell, Josh van der Flier

Backs: Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway, John Cooney, Keith Earls, Paddy Jackson, Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Luke McGrath, Tiernan O’Halloran, Rory O’Loughlin, Garry Ringrose, Rory Scannell, Jacob Stockdale, Simon Zebo

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  • Mike

    Very much an experimental team. A great chance for USA and Japan to defeat a tier one nation.