Dublin - Ireland
coach Joe Schmidt said players in the squad named on Wednesday who do not
make the Test with world champions New Zealand on November 5 should get
some game time later in the month.
The 51-year-old New Zealander - who committed himself to Ireland up
to the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Monday - named an enlarged 34-man squad to
meet up on Sunday ahead of their departure to the United States for the
All Blacks game in Chicago.
However, utility back Keith Earls, while named in the squad, won't
make the trip as earlier on Wednesday he received a two-week suspension
for a dangerous tackle in Munster's European Champions Cup match with
Glasgow Warriors last Saturday.
"Selections were difficult as always; trying to balance form,
fitness, experience, combinations plus assess those players returning
from injury or those carrying minor knocks or strains," said Schmidt.
"With more than half the squad likely to be involved in Celtic League
action this weekend, plus the need to factor in the travel and fatigue
from the Chicago fixture, there are also a number of players on standby
who are likely to be involved during the first two weeks of the November
The Irish will play the All Blacks a second time in Dublin on
November 19 followed by World Cup finalists Australia a week later -
they begin their Dublin Tests against Canada on November 12.
Ireland 34-man Test squad:
Finlay Bealham (Connacht), Rory Best (Ulster/captain), Joey Carbery
(Leinster), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Ultan Dillane (Connacht), Keith
Earls (Munster), Tadgh Furlong (Leinster), Craig Gilroy (Ulster), Cian
Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster)
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster) Billy Holland (Cork Constitution), Paddy
Jackson (Ulster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Connacht),
Luke Marshall (Ulster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Luke McGrath
(Leinster), Jordi Murphy (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Sean
O'Brien (Leinster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Jared Payne (Ulster) Garry
Ringrose (Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), John Ryan (Munster),
Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), Devin Toner
(Leinster), James Tracy (Leinster), Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Josh van
der Flier (Leinster), Simon Zebo (Munster)