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Thursday 22 March 2018

O'Sullivan picks eagles

FORMER IRELAND coach Eddie O'Sullivan has named his USA squad for the Churchill Cup and is hoping his players use the tournament as a dry run for next year's World Cup, where they will clash with Declan Kidney's side.

Captain Todd Clever is one of 10 players missing through injury, but the former Ireland coach has still named a 29-strong squad for their campaign which starts against Russia on June 5.

France 'A', Russia, Uruguay, Canada and England Saxons are also taking part in the tournament.

The Eagles open their World Cup campaign in New Zealand against Ireland and they will also face Australia, Italy and the Russians.

"The Churchill Cup is very important," O'Sullivan said. "It allows players an opportunity to strengthen their positions within the Eagles, and it exposes the players to a format that is very similar to next year's World Cup."

Meanwhile, Scott Johnson, head coach of the Ospreys side who face Leinster in next week's Magners League Grand Final, says he is recovering after suffering viral encephalitis -- inflammation of the brain -- in April. Jerry Collins remains a doubt for the final after injuring his eye socket in the semi-final success against Glasgow.

Irish Independent

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