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Ireland Names Lineup to Face USA

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Ireland Names Lineup to Face USA

Photo Ian Muir.

Ireland Head Coach Andy Farrell has named the Ireland side to face the USA at the Aviva Stadium in the final match of the USA's two-game summer assembly.

There are four new caps in the starting 15 and four more on the bench. Lock James Ryan has been selected as captain while prop David Kilcoyne leads the squad in experience with 44 caps. A very capable halfback pairing of Craig Casey and Joey Carbury lead the attack.

"Ireland has this excellent provincial system with Munster, Ulster, Connacht, and Leinster and they can draw from a large pool of really capable professionals," said USA lock Greg Peterson earlier this week.

And true, while nine of the starting 15 have fewer than ten caps, they all are regular top performers for their provincial teams in the Pro 14.

Ireland Team & Replacements vs USA Saturday, July 10, KO 2:15 pm ET — live in the USA on FloRugby)

15. Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster) 12 caps
14. Robert Baloucoune (Enniskillen/Ulster) uncapped
13. James Hume (Banbridge/Ulster) uncapped
12. Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster) 5 caps
11. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 24 caps
10. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 23 caps
9. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster) 2 caps
1. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 44 caps
2. Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 12 caps
3. Tom O’Toole (Ballynahinch/Ulster) uncapped
4. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster) 4 caps
5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 36 caps captain
6. Caelan Doris (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 8 caps
7. Nick Timoney (Banbridge/Ulster) uncapped
8. Gavin Coombes (Young Munster/Munster) 1 cap

Replacements
16. Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht) 5 caps
17. Ed Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps
18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 15 caps
19. Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster) uncapped
20. Paul Boyle (Buccaneers/Connacht) uncapped
21. Caolin Blade (Galwegians/Connacht) uncapped
22. Harry Byrne (Lansdowne/Leinster) uncapped
23. Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) 4 caps