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Here's The Lowdown On The 6 Uncapped Players Who've Been Selected For November Series

Here's The Lowdown On The 6 Uncapped Players Who've Been Selected For November Series
By Conor Neville
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Joe Schmidt has selected six uncapped players for November series.

These are Joey Carbery (Leinster and Clontarf), James Tracy (Leinster and UCD) Billy Holland (Munster and Cork Con), Luke McGrath (Leinster and UCD), John Ryan (Munster and Cork Con) and Gary Ringrose (Leinster and UCD).

All have played increased and prominent roles for the provinces this season. Some are in around the 30 year old mark - well, the Munster lads are - while the others are youngsters who have been busy refining their talents in the Leinster academy. At least one has made great use of the AIL lately. Here's a rundown of the six players.

Joey Carbery

In May, Joey Carbery was Man of the Match in the AIL Final as Clontarf beat Cork Constitution. His graceful running and attacking nous marked him out.

Has broken into the Leinster setup this year and has played eight matches since the start of the season.

He scored two tries in his first start against Treviso and kicked a couple of penalty goals the next time out against Glasgow. Otherwise, he's been content to let Isa Nascewa slot penalties while he's been holding down the No. 10 shirt.



Played his first European game last weekend against Castres in the RDS.

The Auckland born fly half will have turned 21 by the time Ireland meet New Zealand. Two years ago, he was part of the Blackrock College Senior Cup winning team.James Tracy


The 25 year old hooker and Newbridge College alumnus really caught the eye for the first time during the second half of last season. He was particularly impressive in the win over Bath in the Champions Cup.

This season, he's become a more regular fixture in the team with first choice at No.2 Richardt Strauss still only recovering from knee surgery.


He scored a try in the first game in the season against Treviso.


Billy Holland

Now in his 30s, Holland has made well over 100 appearances for Munster since 2007 but has yet to win an international cap. Competition for places at lock and back row has been especially intense in that time.


His form in the last two seasons under the late Anthony Foley had been especially impressive. Two years running, he's been nominated for Player's player of the year at Munster.

From the Cork Con club, he's a son of former Munster and Ireland player Jerry Holland.


Luke McGrath

McGrath had been playing semi-regularly for Leinster up until last season when he got significantly more starts under Leo Cullen's coaching. In the final year of Matt O'Connor's reign, he was used primarily off the bench.

Following Eoin Reddan's retirement, he has started most of the games this year, though he faces some competition from Jamison Gibson Park.

McGrath has a strong chance of seeing some action next month. He was already called up to the pre-Six Nations training camp at the start of the year.



John Ryan

Munster tight head John Ryan has emerged as a real powerhouse for the province this season. Part of a Munster scrum which dominated Glasgow on Saturday, sealing the bonus point with a penalty try very early in the second half.

Has been playing relatively regularly for the province since the 2013-14 season but the consensus says he's improved massively since the start of the season.

Was awarded Man of the Match - rare for a prop - in Munster's 20-16 win over Newport in Wales last month.

Both Munster players who've broken into the squad this time around are getting on in years - relatively speaking. At 28, Ryan has the chance to earn his first cap next month.

Garry Ringrose

The most high profile and celebrated of the uncapped members of this squad. Ringrose is frequently touted as the great hope in the outside centre position, the inheritor to the throne of your man.

Properly burst into the team, starting a full 20 games.

There was plenty of buzz about him teaming up with Robbie Henshaw in the centre for Leinster this year. So far this season, he's started seven games, scoring a try against Edinburgh but also making an awful hash of one against Munster in Lansdowne Road.

The 21 year old is the only member of the uncapped brigade who has his own dedicated compilation video already. Has scored four tries altogether in 29 appearances for Leinster.



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