A 42-player Ireland squad has been announced for the upcoming sold out 2018 Guinness Series and The Rugby Weekend fixture in Chicago.

In total 19 Leinster Rugby players have been named in the squad, including the uncapped Ross Byrne.

Ireland will play four Test matches in November with the first fixture seeing the squad return to Chicago to participate in The Rugby Weekend at Soldier Field taking on Conor O’Shea’s Italy on Saturday, 3 November.

Argentina are Ireland’s first opponents of the 2018 Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 10 November. Under the direction of Mario Ledesma, Los Pumas have recently recorded victories over Australia and South Africa in the Rugby Championship.

On Saturday, 17 November, New Zealand return to the Aviva Stadium for the first time since claiming a hard-fought victory in 2016. The final game of the Guinness Series sees Ireland host USA Rugby in what will be the Eagles first visit to the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, commented, “As always there have been a number of close calls in selection, meaning that some very good players have missed out in this particular window.

“The upcoming Guinness Series offers an exciting opportunity for the squad but will also be very challenging. We are certainly looking forward to getting back to a packed Aviva Stadium with the fantastic support that we get there.”

The Rugby Weekend fixture against Italy will be broadcast by Eir/Premier Sports and the Guinness Series will be broadcast by RTÉ TV & Radio and Channel 4.

Ireland squad

Player/Club/Province/Caps –

Forwards (24)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 111 CAPTAIN
Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 7
Tadhg Beirne (Munster) 2
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 9
Seán Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 62
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 26
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 81
Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 39
Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 6
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 22
Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 10
Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 50
Jordi Murphy (Ulster) 23
Seán O’Brien (Tullow/Leinster) 51
Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 50 VICE-CAPTAIN
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 8
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 6
Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 19
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 11
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 15
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 9
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 26
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 60
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 10

Backs (18)

Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) *
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 9
Sam Arnold (Garryowen/Munster) *
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) *
Joey Carbery (Munster) 12
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 7
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 2
Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 70
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 36
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 86
Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 6
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 22
Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster) 2
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 6
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 14
Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 76 VICE-CAPTAIN
Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 11
Darren Sweetnam (Cork Constitution/Munster) 2

* Denotes uncapped player

Fixtures

The Rugby Weekend

Ireland v Italy (Saturday 3rd November, Soldier Field, Chicago, USA KO 3pm/9pm Irish Time)

2018 Guinness Series

Ireland v Argentina (Saturday 10 November, Aviva Stadium, KO 6.30pm)

Ireland v New Zealand, (Saturday, 17 November, Aviva Stadium, KO 7pm)

Ireland v USA (Saturday, 24 November, Aviva Stadium, KO 6.30pm)