Wed 14 Sep 2022 | 02:36

Ireland reveal squad for trip to South Africa

Ireland reveal squad for trip to South Africa
Wed 14 Sep 2022 | 02:36
Ireland reveal squad for trip to South Africa

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: There are four capped players in the Emerging Ireland squad that will travel to South Africa in late September to play in the Challenge Series.


The squad will have a three-day camp in the IRFU’s High Performance Centre in Dublin before flying to Bloemfontein to play against three Currie Cup sides – the Griquas, Pumas and Cheetahs.

The four capped players are Robert Baloucoune (two caps), Caolin Blade (one cap), Shane Daly (two caps) and Max Deegan (one cap).

The squad also includes three players who featured against the Māori All Blacks in July: Ciaran Frawley, Joe McCarthy and Cian Prendergast.

Jamie Osborne and Tom Ahern have both trained with the senior Ireland squad as development players.

Eight players featured in the Ireland U20 side that won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2019 – Tom Clarkson, Brian Deeny, Jake Flannery, John Hodnett, Michael Milne, Scott Penny, Callum Reid and Dylan Tierney-Martin.

Meanwhile, 2022 U20 Six Nations Grand Slam winners James Culhane and Chay Mullins are included. James was named U20 Player of the Tournament while Chay has gone on to win a bronze medal at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Cape Town.


Andrew Smith also played for Ireland Sevens in last weekend’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in South Africa. The former Ireland U20 has played in seven World Series tournaments and won an Energia AIL title with Clontarf this year.

“This Emerging Ireland tour is of vital strategic importance in a Rugby World Cup year,” said IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora.

“It will put some stress on our player resources but it will provide an opportunity for emerging talent to impress the national coaches early in a World Cup season. As these players return to their provinces their progress can be monitored and supported so that they remain part of the national team picture.

“The three games in Bloemfontein and the game against the All Blacks XV in Dublin provide an incredible opportunity for these players to gain experience in the national environment and force their way into the coaches’ thinking for the season ahead.”


Ireland head coach Andy Farrell is looking forward to the development of some of Ireland’s youn stars.

“This opportunity provides another window for players to develop and show they can thrive in the intensity of a national environment,” said Farrell.

“It will be exciting to see which players step up and put themselves in the frame for a further opportunity to impress in November.

“For some players it is an opportunity to build on what they have already learned in national camp and take their development to the next level, for others it is a first opportunity to show the national coaches what they are about and what they can deliver.”

Simon Easterby, Emerging Ireland head coach, commented: “The coaching group are really excited about working with this squad and broadening the selection pool for the national team.

“We will look to replicate the national team environment and training intensity, so players get a good understanding of what it takes to perform at the highest level. The players will have to adapt to the national team’s tactical and technical approach in a very short window of time and deal with the pressure of performing in a green jersey.”

Emerging Ireland Squad:

Backs: Robert Baloucoune, Caolin Blade, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly, Nathan Doak, Jake Flannery, Antoine Frisch, Ciaran Frawley, Michael McDonald, Ethan McIlroy, Stewart Moore, Chay Mullins, Calvin Nash, Jamie Osbourne, Andrew Smith.

Forwards: Tom Ahern, Diarmuid Barron, Tom Clarkson, James Culhane, Max Deegan, Brian Deeny, John Hodnett, Sam Illo, Cormac Izuchukwu, Alex Kendellen, Joe McCarthy, Michael Milne, Scott Penny, Cian Prendergast, Callum Reid, Roman Salonoa, Alex Soroka, Tom Stewart, Dylan Tierney-Martin, Josh Wycherley.

Source: @IrishRugby 

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