Ireland –2018 Summer Tour
This June, Ireland head for Australia to take them on in a three Test Series and will be full of confidence after winning a Grand Slam back in March. Joe Schmidt will want his squad to put down a marker ahead of the World Cup in 2019 but more importantly before they face New Zealand in November.
Like the tour of South Africa in 2016, Ireland will want to at the very least get a win in one of the three Tests to show that they can win away from home and on a consistent basis. Joe Schmidt has worked extremely hard since 2015 to bring Ireland to a place where they are able to challenge for trophies on a regular basis.
Here is the squad I would take to Australia in June :
Forwards – Dave Kilcoyne , Cian Healy , Jack Mc Grath , James Cronin.
Sean Cronin , Rory Best , Dave Heffernan , Niall Scannell.
Finlay Bealham , John Ryan , Tadgh Furlong , Andrew Porter.
Billy Holland , Ultan Dillane , James Ryan , Devin Toner.
Jack O Donoghue , Dan Leavy , Peter O Mahony , Jordi Murphy , Jack Conan , CJ Stander. (23)
Backs – Conor Murray , John Cooney , Luke Mc Grath.
Jonathan Sexton , Ross Byrne , Joey Carbery.
Robbie Henshaw , Rory Scannell , Sam Arnold , Bundee Aki , Gary Ringrose.
Andrew Conway , Keith Earls , Matt Healy , Jacob Stockdale , Darren Sweetnam.
Rob Kearney , Jordan Larmour , Tiernan O Halloran.(19)
Cian Mc Gibney