The Ireland Summer Tour by Leinster Numbers
June 25, 2017 / 4:33 pm / Marcus Ó Buachalla
Ireland scored five tries in the final tour game against Japan – read the full match report here – with Garry Ringrose, Josh van der Flier and captain Rhys Ruddock all amongst the try scorers.
With a win against the USA and two against Japan, we look back on a tour that included many highs for the Leinster Rugby contingent.
The combined attendance for the three games in the Red Bull Arena, the Ecopa Stadium and the Ajinomoto Stadium.
When Cian Healy lined out against USA on the first game on tour the Clontarf player became the most capped loosehead prop to play for Ireland.
The contribution from the Leinster players to the overall Ireland points total of 140. Jack Conan was top Leinster try scorer with three, with Dan Leavy and Garry Ringrose scoring two and Luke McGrath, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier all scoring a try each. Joey Carbery also scored two conversions while Garry Ringrose added another against the USA.
Meath man Devin Toner who made his Ireland debut in 2010 against Samoa, had the honour of leading the team out against Japan at the weekend on the occasion of his 50th Ireland cap. The Moynalvey native is only two caps away from another significant milestone with Leinster as he currently stands on 198 provincial caps.
On the 16th May 2017 Joe Schmidt announced his 31 man squad to tour the USA and Japan for three Tests. He named St Mary’s back rower Rhys Ruddock as his captain. The 26 year old Ruddock has played 131 times for Leinster and had played on 18 occasions scoring three tries during the 2016/17 season.
After a season that saw Leinster finish in second place in the Guinness PRO12 and reach the semi-finals of the Champions Cup, 13 Leinster players were selected to tour with the 31 man Ireland squad.
Three uncapped Leinster players were named on the 31 man squad with St Michael’s pair Rory O’Loughlin and James Ryan joined by St. Andrew’s alumni Andrew Porter. All three would make their Ireland debuts on tour.
It was a tour of firsts for many Leinster men! Girvan Dempsey toured in a coaching capacity with Ireland for the first time while Rhys Ruddock captained Ireland for the first time. Joey Carbery, James Tracy, Dan Leavy and Luke McGrath all made their first starts in green. Not content with first starts Leavy and McGrath also scored their first tries for Ireland on this tour as did debutant James Ryan and Wicklow man Josh van der Flier.
The amount of Leinster caps James Ryan has to his name after an injury interrupted season for the UCD man. Ryan was awarded his first senior contract earlier this year and will begin the 2017/18 season in the Leinster Rugby senior ranks for the first time.
The 12 players – Joey Carbery was injured during the USA game – have now returned home and begin their off-season from a season that started for some of these players on the 13th August 2016 in Navan RFC against Ulster in a pre-season friendly.
Congratulations to all of the players on an unbeaten tour. Enjoy the break gents!