19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
Australia have selected their sides for the forthcoming Schools 'A' and test matches. And it is apparent that their test side is going to be dominated by the New South Wales schools side that won their schools championship, as ten of the starting test lineup hail from that State.
Ireland defeated that side by 14-5 last Sunday in a deserved win, with NSW only scoring their try in injury time. Six of the pack are from NSW, so it will be interesting to see if they devise an antidote to the successful Irish rolling maul. Indeed, Ireland won the majority of possession in that match.
However, perhaps too much should not be read into that result as many of the NSW boys had played for their schools the day before.
Before that, though, Ireland must take on Australia 'A' this Sunday. The Aussie 'A' side is more broadly based, but includes a further eight from NSW.