Eight uncapped players in Ireland squad

Joe Schmidt (Gallo)
Joe Schmidt (Gallo)

Cape Town - The Ireland coaching group has named a 31-player squad for the three-Test tour of the USA and Japan in June. that includes eight uncapped players.

Ireland's first game of the tour takes place against the US Eagles at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on Saturday, June 10.

The squad then flies to Japan for two Tests against the RWC 2019 hosts who have been drawn in Pool A alongside Ireland at that tournament.

The first Test takes place at the Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday, June 17 with the final Test of the tour being held at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday, June 24.

The squad contains eight uncapped players - John Cooney, Dave Heffernan, Rory O'Loughlin, Andrew Porter, James Ryan, Rory Scannell, Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell.

Ireland head coach, Joe Schmidt, commented: "With eleven players due to tour with the British and Irish Lions, plus a number of injuries to experienced internationals, the summer tour squad includes plenty of youth.

"There is a real freshness to the group, including the coaching staff, so we're looking forward to what will be a very challenging summer tour.

"We have retained a sprinkling of experienced players, some of whom may yet be called up to the Lions, but the focus is really on challenging the younger players to cope with the heat and foreign conditions as well as the speed and physicality of test rugby."

An additional player will be added to the squad following the weekend's provincial fixtures.

The tour will also see three young Irish coaches spend time with the national team. Racing 92's Ronan O'Gara will accompany the team for the New Jersey leg of the tour with Leinster's Girvan Dempsey with the group for the first week in Japan and Munster's Felix Jones working with the team for the final week of the tour in Tokyo.

Ireland Squad: 

Forwards

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

Backs

Joey Carbery, Andrew Conway, John Cooney*, Keith Earls, Paddy Jackson, Kieran Marmion, Luke Marshall, Luke McGrath, Tiernan O'Halloran, Rory O'Loughlin*, Garry Ringrose, Rory Scannell*, Jacob Stockdale*, Simon Zebo

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