Ireland: Five uncapped players named by Andy Farrell for mouth-watering New Zealand tour

Adam Kyriacou

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named five uncapped players in a 40-man squad that will travel to New Zealand for their five-game tour.

Veteran Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton will skipper the squad as Ireland head south on their first tour since 2018, a series they won against the Wallabies.

There will be three matches against New Zealand in July as well as two games against the Maori All Blacks, which come before the first and second Tests.

Five uncapped players

The uncapped players are Ciaran Frawley, Joe McCarthy, Jimmy O’Brien (all Leinster), Jeremy Loughman (Munster) and Connacht’s Cian Prendergast.

Meanwhile, there are five who went on Ireland‘s last tour to New Zealand in 2021 – Cian Healy, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Sexton and Keith Earls.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty of players in the early stages of their international careers, with the likes of Harry Byrne and James Hume having been named.

“This is the start of our Rugby World Cup campaign and it is going to be a fantastic challenge for our group facing five massive tests across the three weeks,” said Farrell after naming his squad.

“Due to Covid we haven’t had an opportunity to tour and touring plays a massive role in teams gelling together and building cohesion on and off the field. This group could also be the last to play a Test series in New Zealand which makes it even more special.

“We will learn so much about the players and the group as a whole as we have to front up for five incredibly tough fixtures, far from the comforts of home and in grounds where the home support will greatly outnumber travelling Irish fans.”

Robert Baloucoune, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell and Ronan Kelleher will miss the tour due to injury.

Ireland squad for tour to New Zealand

Backs: Bundee Aki, Harry Byrne, Joey Carbery, Craig Casey, Keith Earls, Ciaran Frawley, Jamison Gibson-Park, Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, James Hume, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Michael Lowry, Conor Murray, Jimmy O’Brien, Garry Ringrose, Johnny Sexton (c)

Forwards: Ryan Baird, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Gavin Coombes, Caelan Doris, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Jeremy Loughman, Joe McCarthy, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Cian Prendergast, James Ryan, Dan Sheehan, Nick Timoney, Kieran Treadwell, Josh van der Flier

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