Nine Munster players in Ireland's summer touring party

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Nine Munster players in Ireland's summer touring party

Munster centre Rory Scannell who is included in the Ireland squad for the summer tour

THE uncapped Rory Scannell is one of nine Munster players named in a 31-man travelling party for the three Test summer tour of the USA and Japan.

Former Ireland U20 and Emerging Ireland player Scannell has been a key figure in Munster’s resurgent Champions Cup and PRO12 campaigns of late and was included in this season’s PRO12 Dream Team alongside fellow tourist Dave Kilcoyne.

Joining Scannell on the Tour will be his older brother Niall, who, along with Andrew Conway, Jack O’Donoghue and John Ryan, made their Irish debuts this season.

Tommy O’Donnell, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo complete the Munster representation in Joe Schmidt’s squad.

Meanwhile, former Munster stalwart and current Racing 92 Assistant Coach Ronan O’Gara will accompany the team for the New Jersey leg of the tour with Munster Technical Coach Felix Jones working with the side for the final week of the tour in Tokyo.

Ireland's first game of the Summer Tour takes place against the US Eagles at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey on Saturday June 10.  The squad then flies to Japan for two Tests against the RWC19 hosts who have been drawn in Pool A alongside Ireland at the World Cup.

The first Test takes place at the Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday, June 17 with the final Test of the tour being held at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday, June 24.

The squad contains eight uncapped players in all, with John Cooney, Dave Heffernan, Rory O'Loughlin, Andrew Porter, James Ryan, Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell as well as Rory Scannell included in the travelling party.