08/07/2021

Four Ulster Players Set To Make International Debut

Ireland Rugby have named their side for the final Summer Series fixture, including four new Ulster debutants.

Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Tom O'Toole and Nick Timoney are four of the eight new players named in the squad to face the USA in Dublin this Saturday, 10 July.

The Ulster players have been named in the starting lineup, while fellow uncapped players Paul Boyle, Fineen Wycherley, Caolin Blade and Harry Byrne make up the replacements.

Stuart McCloskey will also start at centre and Will Addison has been named among the replacements.

James Ryan wears the captain's armband and is partnered in the second row by Ryan Baird who makes his first start for Ireland. In the backrow Caelan Doris switches to the blindside flank to accommodate Gavin Coombes at No.8 with the uncapped Nick Timoney lining out at openside.

In the front row Tom O'Toole is set to make his international debut alongside Ronan Kelleher and Dave Kilcoyne.

Craig Casey will make his first start for Ireland and will partner his provincial colleague Joey Carbery at half-back. Stuart McCloskey retains the inside centre berth and is joined by fellow Ulsterman debutant James Hume. Hugo Keenan starts his 13th consecutive game for Ireland and is supported in the back field by Andrew Conway and the uncapped Robert Baloucoune.

The match kicks off at 7.15pm on Saturday and will be shown on Channel 4's YouTube channel, or on RTE.

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