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Four uncapped players included in Ireland team to face USA

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made eight changes to his starting 15 for Saturday's game aga...

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

13:28 8 Jul 2021



Phil Egan
Phil Egan

13:28 8 Jul 2021


Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made eight changes to his starting 15 for Saturday's game against the USA at the Aviva Stadium in the final fixture of the Vodafone Summer Series.

Nick Timoney, Tom O’Toole, James Hume and Robert Baloucoune will all make their debuts on Saturday, while the uncapped Fineen Wycherley, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade and Harry Byrne are named among the replacements.

James Ryan will captain the side once again and is partnered in the second row by Ryan Baird

In the backrow, Caelan Doris switches to the blindside flank to accommodate Gavin Coombes at number 8 with the uncapped Timoney lining out at openside.

In the front row, Tom O’Toole is set to make his international debut alongside Ronan Kelleher and Dave Kilcoyne.

Craig Casey will make his first start for Ireland and will partner his provincial colleague Joey Carbery at half-back.

Stuart McCloskey retains the inside centre berth and is joined by fellow Ulsterman, debutant James Hume.

Hugo Keenan starts his 13th consecutive game for Ireland, while Andrew Conway and Baloucoune are named on the wings.

Ireland team to face USA ( Vodafone Summer Series, Saturday, July 10, 7:15 pm)

15. Hugo Keenan
14. Robert Baloucoune
13. James Hume
12. Stuart McCloskey
11. Andrew Conway
10. Joey Carbery
9. Craig Casey

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Ronan Kelleher
3. Tom O’Toole
4. Ryan Baird
5. James Ryan
6. Caelan Doris
7. Nick Timoney
8. Gavin Coombes

Replacements:
16. Dave Heffernan
17. Ed Byrne
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Fineen Wycherley
20. Paul Boyle
21. Caolin Blade
22. Harry Byrne
23. Will Addison

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