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The Best Uncapped Irish Rugby 23 Chosen From Current Players

The Best Uncapped Irish Rugby 23 Chosen From Current Players
By Colman Stanley Updated
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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 the World Cup or even debuting before then, the talent of this team shows off the rude health of the current depth chart.

Irish Rugby Uncapped 23

Michael Milne (Leinster) - Loosehead Prop

The Offaly man is enjoying a breakout season currently. Since his selection for the Emerging Ireland tour to South Africa his game has reached new heights and he was rewarded with a recent call-up to the senior Ireland squad during the Six Nations.

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

Tom Stewart (Ulster) - Hooker

The try scoring machine was also rewarded with an Ireland call up during the Six Nations, and needed just one more injury for his debut.


Stewart was behind Munster's Diarmuid Barron in November, but has since shot ahead in the Ireland pecking order.

Leinster's John McKee and Connacht's Dylan Tierney-Martin were also in the mix for the 23.

Roman Salanoa (Munster) - Tighthead Prop

The man from Hawaii completes a front row who have all been on similar upward curves this season, which all culminated in Six Nations squad call ups.


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, but Molony has usurped him in the pecking order as he continues his rich vein of form.


Has a good chance of making the World Cup squad.

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.

10 November 2022; Edwin Edogbo of Munster after his side's victory in the match between Munster and South Africa Select XV at Páirc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

John Hodnett (Munster) - Blindside Flanker

The Corkonian shone in Munster's Champions Cup group stage games, 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.

Conor Oliver (Connacht) - Openside Flanker

A stalwart for the Westerners since moving there from Munster in 2020, and the ultimate proof of what game time can do to unlock a player's potential.


Unlucky not to have received any Ireland call-ups, but he is playing in what is a very stacked area depth wise.

Scott Penny (Leinster) - Number Eight


One of the form players in the country right now, and received the Player of the Match award in Leinster's recent high-quality draw with the Stormers.

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

He won his second Champions Cup cap on Saturday, and like Hodnett, he will be looking for Ireland call-ups and caps next season.

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.

His start over John Cooney in Ulster's recent Champions Cup loss to Leinster was a big vote of confidence in him from head coach Dan McFarland.

Ciarán Frawley (Leinster) - Out Half

We were tempted to pick JJ Hanrahan given his experience, or even the talented but relatively untested Sam Prendergast.

However, Frawley showed up well at 10 during Ireland's summer games against the Maori All Blacks, and has clearly impressed Andy Farrell in Ireland camp.

31 March 2023; Ciarán Frawley during a Leinster Rugby captain's run at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Rob Lyttle (Ulster) - Left Wing

Ethan McIlroy would have been the obvious choice here last season, but Lyttle has been picked ahead of him in recent Champions Cup group games.

Both players are suffering from the return of Jacob Stockdale, but we have a soft spot for Lyttle, who is somewhat of a cult figure at Ulster with his tenacity on the field and often spectacular finishing.

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 to Connacht.

Antoine Frisch (Munster) - Outside Centre

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

The World Cup will more than likely have come to soon for him, unless there is a host of injuries, but next season could see his debut for the senior team.

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

Calvin Nash (Munster) - Right Wing

One of the easier calls to make in the side, Nash is close to making his debut but the World Cup is also looking like a step too far.

The fact that Keith Earls and Andrew Conway will struggle to get back into the side when they are back to full fitness and form, says a lot about how good he has been this season.

Jamie Osborne (Leinster) - Fullback

Osborne only has one start for Leinster fullback, but he did complete the full 80 minutes there in a win over Glasgow earlier in this season.

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.

A World Cup spot is unlikely, but he could challenge for the utility back role if injuries befall Jimmy O'Brien or Keith Earls.


Denis Buckley, Diarmuid Barron, Keynan Knox, Tom Ahern, Alex Kendellen, Paddy Patterson, Sam Prendergast, Stewart Moore.

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

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