The Ireland coaching team have confirmed the 27 players that will travel to Chicago today to play against New Zealand in Soldier Field next Saturday (kick-off 3pm local time/8pm Irish time).
Although there are a number of bumps and bruises from involvement in the weekend’s GUINNESS PRO12 fixtures, the squad selected has been declared fit to travel.
Players returning to full fitness, Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson and Peter O’Mahony, along with Paddy Jackson, who is unavailable due to personal reasons, will not make the trip to Chicago.
The players trained this morning at Carton House and will train again on Thursday morning ahead of this weekend’s much-anticipated match against the All Blacks.
The squad departs from Dublin Airport this afternoon and is due to land in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Irish time).
IRELAND Squad (v New Zealand, Soldier Field, Chicago, Saturday, November 5, kick-off 3pm local time/8pm Irish time):
Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt)
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) *
Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)
Tadgh Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
Craig Gilroy (Bangor/Ulster)
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) (vice-capt)
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster)
Billy Holland (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)
Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) *
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
Jared Payne (Ulster)
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) *
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster)
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)
Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)
* Denotes uncapped player