Scannells are ready to soar for Ireland against USA

Scannells are ready to soar for Ireland against USA
LEARNING FROM THE BEST: Cork's Rory Scannell takes part in a kicking session, watched by Leeside legend Ronan O'Gara at training in New Jersey. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

DOLPHIN’S Rory Scannell will join older brother Niall as an Ireland international late on Saturday evening after he was named on the bench alongside Simon Zebo for Ireland’s opening summer tour game.

The younger of the Scannell brothers has been rewarded for a hugely consistent season with Munster by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt who name him as a replacement for Saturday’s game in the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey against the USA Eagles (9pm Irish time) as he named five uncapped players in his squad for the his opening summer tour game.

Three of last year’s U20 Junior World Championship squad are among the debutants this weekend in the squad with Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale starting on the wing opposite to Munster’s Keith Earls. James Ryan and Andrew Porter are the others.

CORK v WATERFORD:Niall Scannell and Jack O'Donoghue try their hand at hurling during Ireland training. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
CORK v WATERFORD:Niall Scannell and Jack O'Donoghue try their hand at hurling during Ireland training. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Niall Scannell and John Ryan start in the front row while Dave Kilcoyne joins Rory Scannell and Zebo on the bench.

Meanwhile, Donnacha Ryan won’t have to wait long to face his former club after Munster were again drawn with Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers in yesterday’s European Champions Cup draw.

Donnacha Ryan of Munster during the Guinness PRO12 final. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donnacha Ryan of Munster during the Guinness PRO12 final. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Munster have been drawn in one of the toughest groups of the competition with Castres making up the so-called minnow side of the group meaning Rassie Erasmus’ side must travel to France twice, no easy task.

Both Leicester and Racing will be a different challenge this season as they have both strengthened their sides and the Paris club will have both Ronan O’Gara and Ryan to draw on for insider knowledge ahead of their back to back meetings with the Reds.

Talisman Ryan was unable to secure an Irish contract and joined his former team-mate O’Gara and he will both relish and hate the thought of facing his old club so quickly.

For the second successive season, Munster were drawn alongside Racing 92 in the pool stages and Tigers – who have former Leinster coach Matt O’Connor at the helm next season – will face Munster for a third season in a row.

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