9 Munster players on Joe Schmidt’s Summer Touring Squad

Joe Schmidt has named his Ireland squad to play USA and Japan this summer.

Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has named his squad for the Summer Tour to USA & Japan and has included the uncapped Rory Scannell as one of nine Munster players in a 31-man travelling party.

Scannell has been in fine form this year

Scannell has been a key figure in Munster’s resurgent Champions Cup and PRO12 campaigns of late and was included in this season’s PRO12 Dream Team alongside fellow tourist Dave Kilcoyne.

Rory’s older brother Niall, along with Andrew Conway, Jack O’Donoghue and John Ryan, will look to make further inroads on the international scene having all made their Irish debuts this season.

Tommy O’Donnell, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo complete the Munster contingent.

Meanwhile, former Munster stalwart and current Racing 92 Assistant Coach Ronan O’Gara will accompany the team for the New Jersey leg of the tour with Munster Technical Coach Felix Jones working with the side for the final week of the tour in Tokyo.

Ireland play the US in New Jersey on June 10th and then two games against Japan on June 17th and June 24th.

As 11 Irish players will be away with the Lions, Schmidt had included a number of new faces in the squad.

The squad features four uncapped forwards: Dave Heffernan, Andrew Porter, James Ryan and Kieran Treadwell. There are also four uncapped backs: John Cooney, Rory O’Loughlin, Rory Scannell and Jacob Stockdale.

The games against Japan offer Ireland both an opportunity to experience of the country which will host the 2019 World Cup and also a glimpse at their opponents Pool A opponents for that tournament.

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