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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Rory Best to captain 28-man squad on tour of North America

Duncan Bech

Rory Best will lead Ireland's 28-man squad for their tour to the United States and Canada after being overlooked by the British and Irish Lions.

Best was expected to be in action in Australia this summer, but was left out by Lions head coach Warren Gatland in favour of England's Dylan Hartley.

The Ulster hooker, who was also captain of Ireland's tour in 2009, leads a squad containing six uncapped players in scrum-half Kieran Marmion, centre Stuart Olding, scrum-half Paul Marshall, full-back Robbie Henshaw, prop Jamie Hagan, openside Tommy O'Donnell and hooker Mike Sherry.

"We have selected a squad who have the right mix of youth and experience and I'm really looking forward to working with them over the next few weeks," acting head coach Les Kiss said.

"USA and Canada have improved enormously since the 2011 World Cup and we know we will be in for two tough Test matches."

IRELAND SUMMER TOUR SQUAD

Forwards: R Best (Ulster, capt), T Court (Ulster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), J Hagan (Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), C Henry (Ulster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), M McCarthy (Connacht), K McLaughlin (Leinster), T O'Donnell (Munster), P O'Mahony (Munster), M Ross (Leinster), M Sherry (Munster), R Strauss (Leinster), D Toner (Leinster), D Tuohy (Ulster).

Backs: I Boss (Leinster), D Cave (Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht), P Jackson (Ulster), F Jones (Munster), I Madigan (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), P Marshall (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster), S Olding (Ulster), A Trimble (Ulster), S Zebo (Munster).

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