Les Kiss has confirmed that Peter O'Mahony will captain the squad for the tour to North America, following Rory Best's Lions call-up.
Interim Ireland head coach Les Kiss has confirmed that Peter O'Mahony will captain the squad for the tour to North America, following hooker Rory Best's British and Irish Lions call-up.
The 23-year-old Munster flanker is set to lead Ireland for the first time, against the USA.
The Kiss-coached Irish side, which includes 28 players in the touring party, will also face Canada.
It has been a rapid rise for O'Mahony who has experience of captaining teams at schools, club, provincial and international level, including stints at the helm of a number of Ireland underage teams and both the Munster senior and 'A' sides.
He made his Ireland senior debut against Italy in the 2012 Six Nations and now has 14 caps.
The addition of Best to the Lions squad means that Leinster hooker Sean Cronin will step up from the Emerging Ireland panel for senior duty.