A 26-man Emerging Ireland squad, including twenty uncapped players, has been named for the three-match IRB Nations Cup in Romania in June.
A 26-man Emerging Ireland squad, including twenty uncapped players, has been named for the three-match IRB Nations Cup in Romania next month. The team will be captained by second row Mike McCarthy.
The Emerging Ireland squad will be coached by head coach Dan McFarland and with Ulster's Neil Doak taking the assistant coach role.
Emerging Ireland's first game of the tournament takes place on Friday, June 13 against Russia.
They then play Uruguay on Wednesday, June 18 with the team's final game of the IRB Nations Cup coming against hosts Romania on Sunday, June 22.
“I am looking forward to working with Neil and this exciting group of players in what will be a highly competitive tournament,” said McFarland.
“It is a great opportunity for players to showcase their abilities and represent their country.”
“There is a good mix of experienced and younger players in this squad,” said Schmidt.
“They will face three tough fixtures as Romania have already qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and both Uruguay and Russia are in the final stages of the Repechage for World Cup qualification.”
Players from last year's Emerging Ireland squad who have subsequently been capped by Ireland at senior level include Dave Kearney, Jack McGrath, Martin Moore and Jordi Murphy.
A total of six players from the 2013 Emerging Ireland side will travel with the senior squad to Argentina in June – McGrath, Moore, Murphy, Robbie Diack, Rob Herring and Rhys Ruddock.
Emerging Ireland Squad:
Michael Allen, Andrew Conway, Craig Gilroy, Eoin Griffin, JJ Hanrahan, Ian Keatley, Brendan Macken, Paul Marshall, Luke McGrath, Johne Murphy, Noel Reid
Niall Annett, Rodney Ah You, Michael Bent, Callum Black, Paddy Butler, Bryan Byrne, Robin Copeland, Sean Dougall, David Foley, Michael Kearney, Mike McCarthy (c), Tommy O'Donnell, Dominic Ryan, John Ryan, James Tracy
Friday, June 13: Emerging Ireland v Russia, Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Wednesday, June 18: Emerging Ireland v Uruguay, Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Sunday, June 22: Romania v Emerging Ireland, Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest