Picking An Experimental Ireland Team For The June Internationals

Ireland take on USA and Japan this summer in the June international window.

Schmidt will be without a large portion of his squad with a number of Irish internationals expected to be called up to Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions squad. As a result, Schmidt now has an excellent opportunity to trial some new combinations.

It’s for this reason in fact that the Ireland boss turned down a role with the British & Irish Lions this summer.

Here’s a look at a combination he could go with for the opening game against the USA.

IRELAND XV (for USA on June 10)

15. Tiernan O’Halloran
14. Darren Sweetnam
13. Luke Marshall
12. Rory Scannell
11. Adam Byrne
10. Joey Carbery
9. Luke McGrath

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Niall Scannell
3. John Ryan
4. Ultan Dillane
5. Iain Henderson
6. Dan Leavy
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Jack Conan

Replacements:

16. James Tracy
17. Denis Buckley
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Billy Holland
20. Jack O’Donoghue
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Ross Byrne
23. Rory O’Loughlin

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