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Nine Munster men are picked for Ireland tour

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ANDREW Conway, Keith Earls, Dave Kilcoyne, Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Donoghue, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, Rory Scannell and Simon Zebo (pictured) have been named on the Ireland squad of 31 for the summer three-test tour of USA and Japan.
First up will be the game against the US Eagles at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on Saturday, 10th June. The squad then flies to Japan for two Tests against the RWC19 hosts who have been drawn in Pool A alongside Ireland at the World Cup. The first Test takes place at the Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday 17th June with the final Test of the tour being held at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday 24th June.
Rory Scannell is one of eight uncapped players with John Cooney, Dave Heffernan, Rory O’Loughlin, Andrew Porter, James Ryan, Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell also travelling.
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.
“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.”
One further player 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, Ronan O’Gara on 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 Summer Tour 2017 – USA & Japan
Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 6 caps
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 3 caps
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 1 cap
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 1 cap
John Cooney (Connacht) uncapped
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 59 caps
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 67 caps
Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) uncapped
Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 23 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 17 caps
Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 13 caps
Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster) 9 caps
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 1 cap
Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster) 12 caps
Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) 1 cap
Tiernan O’Halloran (Buccaneers/Connacht) 3 caps
Rory O’Loughlin (Old Belvedere/Leinster) uncapped
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) uncapped
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 8 caps
Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 13 caps
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) uncapped
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 6 caps
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 4 caps
Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) uncapped
Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) uncapped
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 47 caps
James Tracy (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
Kieran Treadwell (Ballymena/Ulster) uncapped
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 7 caps
Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 33 caps
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Ireland Squad Summer Tour 2017 – USA & Japan Fixtures
USA v IRELAND
Saturday 10th June, 2017, KO 17:00 (GMT 22:00)
Red Bull Arena, New Jersey, USA
Japan v IRELAND
Saturday 17th June, 2017 KO 14:00 (GMT 06:00)
Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan
Japan v IRELAND
Saturday 24th June, 2017 KO 14:40 (GMT 06:40)
Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

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