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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Squad To Play USA And Japan

Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Squad To Play USA And Japan

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland squad to play USA and Japan this summer.

Ireland play the US in New Jersey on June 10th and then two games against Japan on June 17th and June 24th.

As 11 Irish players will be away with the Lions, Schmidt had included a number of new faces in the squad.

The squad features four uncapped forwards: Dave Heffernan, Andrew Porter, James Ryan and Kieran Treadwell. There are also four uncapped backs: John Cooney, Rory O'Loughlin, Rory Scannell and Jacob Stockdale.

James Ryan, in particular, is a notable addition. The second row is yet to play a game for Leinster. It's likely he will make an appearance for Ireland before he does so for his province.

Some of the big names rested for the summer include Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Donnacha Ryan.

Ireland squad to play USA and Japan
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Forwards

Finlay Bealham (Connacht)
Jack Conan (Leinster)
Cian Healy (Leinster)
Dave Heffernan (Connacht)
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster)
Dan Leavy (Leinster)
Tommy O'Donnell (Munster)
Jack O'Donoghue (Munster)
Andrew Porter (Leinster)
Rhys Ruddock (Leinster)
James Ryan (Leinster)
John Ryan (Munster)
Niall Scannell (Munster)
Devin Toner (Leinster)
James Tracy (Leinster)
Kieran Treadwell (Ulster)
Josh van der Flier (Leinster)

Backs

Joey Carbery (Leinster)
Andrew Conway (Munster)
John Cooney (Connacht)
Keith Earls (Munster)
Paddy Jackson (Ulster)
Kieran Marmion (Connacht)
Luke Marshall (Ulster)
Luke McGrath (Leinster)
Tiernan O'Halloran (Connacht)
Rory O'Loughlin (Leinster)
Garry Ringrose (Leinster)
Rory Scannell (Munster)
Jacob Stockdale (Ulster)
Simon Zebo (Munster)

The games against Japan offer Ireland both an opportunity to experience the country which will host the 2019 World Cup and also a glimpse at their Pool A opponents for that tournament.

In addition to new faces in the playing squad, there will also be new faces in the coaching team. Ronan O'Gara, Girvan Dempsey and Felix Jones will all be involved at various points this summer.

Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

See Also: Steve Hansen Had Plenty To Say About Ireland And The All Blacks

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