Wednesday 20 September 2017

What time, what channel and what are the teams? Everything you need to know about USA vs Ireland

8 June 2017; Ireland coach Ronan O'Gara during squad training at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 June 2017; Ireland coach Ronan O'Gara during squad training at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The Lions tour is firmly centre stage in rugby at the moment but away from the spotlight Ireland will play the first game of their own summer tour this Saturday, taking on the US Eagles in New Jersey.

Joe Schmidt has picked an interesting side, blending youth and experience, with five uncapped players included in the matchday 23. USA coach John Mitchell, who previously led the All Blacks, has picked three Irishmen in his squad, with out-half AJ MacGinty, flanker John Quill and replacement prop Paddy Ryan all selected to take on their home country.

Ireland go into the first match of their three-game tour - they have two tests in Japan to come - as heavy favourites with Schmidt's side looking to kick on from the impressive win over England in the Six Nations finale.

Here is everything you need to know about tomorrow's clash:

Where is the game taking place?

Ireland will play USA at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

What time is kick off?

Thankfully, despite the game taking place in America, fans don't have to stay up too late to watch. The match kicks off at 5pm local time, which is 10pm over here.

What channel is it on?

The game is being shown exclusively on eir Sport 2, which means that most Virgin Media subscribers won't be able to tune in. Eir Sport is available on Sky, if you have an eir broadband package, or... down at your local pub if you are lucky.

What are the teams?

USA

15. Ben Cima (Rocky Gorge)

14. Mike Te’o (Unattached)

13. Ryan Matyas (Old Blue of New York)

12. Marcel Brache (Western Force)

11. Martin Iosefo (University of Montana)

10. AJ MacGinty (Sale Sharks)

9. Nate Augspurger (Old Blue of New York — captain)

1. Ben Tarr (Denver Stampede)

2. Peter Malcolm (Wheeling Jesuit University)

3. Chris Baumann (Unattached)

4. Nate Brakeley (New York Athletic Club)

5. Nic Civetta (Newcastle Falcons)

6. John Quill (Unattached)

7. Tony Lamborn (Hawke’s Bay Magpies)

8. David Tameilau (Narbonne)

Replacements:

16. James Hilterbrand (Manly)

17. Joe Taufete’e (San Diego Breakers)

18. Paddy Ryan (Newcastle Falcons)

19. Matthew Jensen (Brigham Young University)

20. Andrew Durutalo (Sunwolves)

21. Shaun Davies (Glendale Raptors)

22. Will Magie (Glendale Raptors)

23. Bryce Campbell (Indiana University)

 

Ireland

15. Tiernan O’Halloran

14. Keith Earls

13. Garry Ringrose

12. Luke Marshall

11. Jacob Stockdale (Uncapped)

10. Joey Carbery

9. Kieran Marmion

1. Cian Healy

2. Niall Scannell

3. John Ryan

4. Quinn Roux

5. Devin Toner

6. Rhys Ruddock (captain)

7. Josh van der Flier

8. Jack Conan

Replacements:

16. Dave Heffernan (Uncapped)

17. Dave Kilcoyne

18. Andrew Porter (Uncapped)

19. James Ryan (Uncapped)

20. Dan Leavy

21. Luke McGrath

22. Rory Scannell (Uncapped)

23. Simon Zebo

What are the odds?

Ireland are 1/12 to win, USA are 15/2 and Joe Schmidt's men are 19-point favourites.

Prediction?

Ireland by 20.

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