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The Best Uncapped Irish Rugby 23 Chosen From Current Players

The Best Uncapped Irish Rugby 23 Chosen From Current Players
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To further feed off the intense feel good vibes in Irish men's rugby at the minute, we have had a go at selecting a 23 of yet to make their full Ireland debuts.

While most of the squad have little chance of making debuting this summer, the talent of this team shows off the rude health of the current depth chart.

Irish Rugby Uncapped 23

Michael Milne (Leinster) - Loosehead Prop

Since his selection for the Emerging Ireland tour to South Africa his game has reached new heights and he was rewarded with a call-up to the senior Ireland squad during the Six Nations in 2023.

His close friend from Cistercian College Roscrea, Josh Wycherley, is unlucky to miss out, but Milne's recent form, and in particular his ball-carrying, make him the stand out choice.

24 March 2023; Michael Milne of Leinster celebrates as Scott Penny of Leinster scores his side's second try during the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and DHL Stormers at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Diarmuid Barron (Munster) - Hooker

At only 25 Barron has already taken the captaincy role at Munster in absence of Peter O'Mahony.


The Cashel man plays like a man beyond his years and is a clever operator around the park.

Roman Salanoa (Munster) - Tighthead Prop

The man from Hawaii completes a front row and he was had several Six Nations squad call ups last year.

However Salanoa has been suffering with injuries this season and hasn't taken the next step forward.


As a late comer to the game Salanoa is still figuring things out, which bodes very well for the future.

Ross Molony (Leinster) - Lock

The most experienced starter in this team, making his Leinster debut back in 2015.

Jason Jenkins was seen as a crucial piece in Leinster's starting XV when he joined in 2022, but Molony has usurped him in the pecking order as he continues his rich vein of form.


He's now off to Bath next season and with him also being eligible to play for England we might have to throw him off this list soon.

17 February 2024; Ross Molony of Leinster after the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Benetton at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Edwin Edogbo (Munster) - Lock

Edogbo hasn't featured for Munster since November, but we saw enough at the beginning of the season to give him a spot over Tom Ahern and Alan O'Connor.

Despite still being in the Academy he looked right at home in the senior team, and was a stand out in Munster's famous win over South Africa Select XV.

A huge man who has been a the definition of a revelation this season.


Thomas Ahern (Munster)- Blindside Flanker

Ahern size and athleticism will likely see him compared to Ryan Baird but Ahern has the potential to be an even more of an athletic freak than Baird.

At 6 foot 9 with good pace, Ahern gets around the pitch very well at 6 and has the size to put in some crunching tackles all good blindside flanker make.

John Hodnett (Munster) - Openside Flanker

The Corkonian has shone for Munster this season, showcasing his CJ Stander-like work rate, breakdown work, and carrying.


He is something of a David Wallace regen, and will be eyeing Ireland call-ups next season.

Scott Penny (Leinster) - Number Eight


Ideally we would put him at seven, but he does have some starts at the back of the scrum for Leinster and we wanted to fit Ahern and Hodnett in as well.

With Leinster's ridiculous talent in the back row it's been hard for Penny to breakthrough this season but when on form, there's not many better.

1 April 2023; Scott Penny of Leinster during the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 match between Leinster and Ulster at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Nathan Doak (Ulster) - Scrum Half

Doak is one of the most talented players we have seen come through in recent years, making our All-Time U20s XV.

He is in the mould of the French Petit Generals, and can slot in at ten and kick goals as we have seen in recent weeks since Richie Murphy's arrival.

Sam Prendergast (Leinster) - Out Half

We were tempted to pick JJ Hanrahan given his experience, but we have gone with arguably the most hyped up U20 player Ireland have ever had.

We all know the heroics Prendergast pulled off last year in green and he's been eased into the Leinster first team. It looks to be only a matter of time before we seen Prendergast break out.

17 February 2024; Sam Prendergast of Leinster during the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Benetton at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Diarmuid Kilgallen (Connacht) - Left Wing

It's unfortunate for Connacht that their fans have already seen his last game in Galway as Kilgallen picked up a season ending injury against Bennetton before he moves to Munster next season.

With his size and athleticism it's easy to see why Munster snapped him up and it will be exciting to see what Kilgallen can do with Munster next season.

Tom Farrell (Connacht) - Inside Centre

A really classy centre when fit and firing, and one of the more unlucky players in the squad not to have been capped yet by Ireland.

International caps look unlikely now for the 29-year-old but he still has years left to give Irish rugby, with a rumoured move to Munster on the cards.

Antoine Frisch (Munster) - Outside Centre

A gem of a find for Munster, and one of the most skilful and exciting players on the island.

It unfortunately looks like he may be off this list sooner rather than later as he has declared to play for France after joining their training squad during the Six Nations.

Frisch leaving these shores will be a huge loss for Munster and Irish rugby.

17 February 2023; Antoine Frisch of Munster during the United Rugby Championship match between Munster and Ospreys at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Rob Russell (Leinster) - Right Wing

Russell has been on electric form for Leinster this season, scoring 6 tries from his 7 starts.

Competition is always high at Leinster but the best thing a winger can do to stand out is score and Russell does that in abundence.

Jamie Osborne (Leinster) - Fullback

Osborne is an immensely versatile player and he has had a breakout season for Leinster this season including a great performance in Leinster's win over La Rochelle.

The majority of his starts have been at 12, but his size and speed would make him a lethal counter attacker from the back field.

He's been featured in a few of Andy Farrell's training squads but is yet to be capped. We don't think it will be long before we see Osborne in an Ireland jersey.


John McKee, Josh Wycherly, Thomas Clarkson, Niall Murray, Alex Kendellen, Cormac Foley, JJ Hanrahan, Cathal Forde

-this article was originally written by Colman Stanley in 2023

SEE ALSO: Balls.ie's Greatest Ireland U20s XV Of All-Time

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