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As It Happened: Ireland Defeat USA In Final November International

As It Happened: Ireland Defeat USA In Final November International
By Balls Team Updated

Ireland will finish off their November international campaign when they host the USA at the Aviva Stadium this evening, with a number of fringe players set to be given the chance to impress Joe Schmidt. After last week's historic victory over the All Blacks, the USA are set to provide a very different type of test.

Follow our liveblog for all of the Ireland vs USA updates.

Joe Schmidt has named a much-changed side for this week's game, with Garry Ringrose the only member of last Saturday's starting XV to be named on the team this week. It is a big chance for the likes of  Tadhg Beirne and Jack Conan to state their case for a bigger role in the Ireland team as we enter a World Cup year.

For the USA, they will see this as an opportunity to test themselves against a top tier nation. The game has been growing in the country in recent years, with Major League Rugby launching earlier this year. The competition is a professional league featuring nine teams, with the Seattle Seawolves coming away champions.

The possibility of American teams joining the Pro 14 in recent years, although it is uncertain how the development of their own league may affect that possibility.

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The two nations will meet for the first time since last summer, when Ireland came out on top of a scoreline of 55-19 in New Jersey. Joe Schmidt left most of his first-choice players at home for that trip, sporting an experimental line-up that mirrors that of today.

Amongst the ranks in that game were players such as Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Marmion, some members of today's team will be hoping to replicate their breakthrough to Schmidt's first team plans.

IRELAND TEAM: Will Addison; Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, Darren Sweetnam; Joey Carbery, John Cooney; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson, Rhys Ruddock (capt), Jordi Murphy, Jack Conan.

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