Andy Farrell Names Extended 40 man Squad for New Zealand Tour

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named an extended 40 player squad for the five game Tour of New Zealand this summer.Johnny Sexton will captain the squad in what will be Ireland’s first tour since the 2018 series win over Australia.  Ireland will play three Test matches against New Zealand in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington as well as two fixtures against the Māori All Blacks in Hamilton ahead of the first Test and in Wellington following the second Test.Ireland have not toured New Zealand since 2012 and have never recorded a victory over the All Blacks in Aotearoa.  Five players in the current squad toured New Zealand in 2012 – Cian Healy, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton and Keith Earls while Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw were part of the British & Irish Lions squad who toured New Zealand in 2017.There are five uncapped players included in the squad Ciaran Frawley, Joe McCarthyJimmy O’Brien (all Leinster), Jeremy Loughman (Munster) and Cian Prendergast (Connacht).There are a further 12 players included who have won less than 10 caps for Ireland – Harry Byrne, Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes, Mack Hansen, James Hume, Michael Lowry, Ryan Baird, Dave Heffernan, Tom O’Toole, Dan Sheehan, Nick Timoney and Kieran Treadwell.Robert Baloucoune, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell and Ronan Kelleher have been ruled out of the tour through injury.Andy Farrell commented, “This is the start of our Rugby World Cup campaign and it is going to be a fantastic challenge for our group facing five massive tests across the three weeks.   Due to Covid we haven’t had an opportunity to tour and touring plays a massive role in teams gelling together and building cohesion on and off the field.   This group could also be the last to play a Test series in New Zealand which makes it even more special.We will learn so much about the players and the group as a whole as we have to front up for five incredibly tough fixtures, far from the comforts of home and in grounds where the home support will greatly outnumber travelling Irish fans.”Connacht’s Senior Coach Peter Wilkins will join the national coaching group for the duration of the tour to assist in team preparation.Mick Kearney has been re-appointed as Men’s National Team Manager following Gerard Carmody’s promotion to IRFU Director of Operations.   Mick previously held the position between 2012 and 2016 and will fulfil the role through to the end of the Rugby World Cup in France.  Geraldine Armstrong, will lead team operations for the tour to New Zealand while Gerard Carmody will continue to support team operations and planning for RWC23.The fixtures will be broadcast live on SKY in ROI and NI and on RTE Radio.Ireland 2022 Summer Tour SquadBacks (18)Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 37 capsHarry Byrne (Leinster/Lansdowne) 2 capsJoey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 32 capsCraig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 5 capsKeith Earls (Munster/Young Munster) 96 capsCiaran Frawley (Leinster/Skerries) uncappedJamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 17 capsMack Hansen (Connacht) 4 capsRobbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 57 capsJames Hume (Ulster/Banbridge) 3 capsHugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 20 capsJordan Larmour (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 30 capsJames Lowe (Leinster) 12 capsMichael Lowry (Ulster/Banbridge) 1 capConor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 96 capsJimmy O’Brien (Leinster/Naas) uncappedGarry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 42 capsJohnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 105 caps CAPTAINForwards (22)Ryan Baird (Leinster/Dublin University) 8 capsFinlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 23 capsTadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 30 capsJack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 27 capsGavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) 2 capsCaelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 17 capsTadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 57 capsCian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 116 capsDave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 6 capsIain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 68 capsRob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 26 capsJeremy Loughman (Munster/Garryowen) uncappedJoe McCarthy (Leinster/Dublin) uncappedPeter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 84 capsTom O’Toole (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 2 capsAndrew Porter (Leinster/UCD) 43 capsCian Prendergast (Connacht) uncappedJames Ryan (Leinster/UCD) 43 capsDan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 7 capsNick Timoney (Ulster/Banbridge) 2 capsKieran Treadwell (Ulster/Ballymena) 5 capsJosh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 40 capsIreland 2022 Summer Tour FixturesMāori All Blacks v IRELANDFMG Stadium, Hamilton, Wednesday 29th June, 2022 (KO: 8.05am)New Zealand v IRELANDEden Park, Auckland, Saturday 2nd July, 2022 (KO: 8.05am)New Zealand v IRELANDForsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 9th July, 2022 (KO: 8.05am)Māori All Blacks v IRELANDSKY Stadium, Wellington, Tuesday 12th July, 2022 (KO: 8.05am)New Zealand v IRELANDSKY Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 16th July, 2022 (KO: 8.05am)


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