Ireland Squad announced for Summer Tour of Argentina

Connacht backs Kieran Marmion and Robbie Henshaw have been included in the 30 player squad for the two-Test tour of Argentina in June.  The squad will fly to Buenos Aires on Sunday 1st June the day after the RaboDirect Pro12 final between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors.

Scrum half Marmion is one of four uncapped players in the summer squad that also includes Munster prop James Cronin and Ulster back-row Robbie Diack and hooker Rob Herring.

While yet to earn his international debut, Marmion travelled to North America for last summer’s tour and has been involved in a number of Ireland training camps in the past year. Voted Connacht’s Players’ Player and Back of the Year this season, the 22-year-old has impressively played every single game for the province since his senior debut back in September 2012. A graduate of the Connacht Academy, Marmion was also this season’s top try scorer, the highlight undoubtedly being that crucial Heineken Cup try in Toulouse.

Speaking about the Connacht scrumhalf, Head Coach Joe Schmidt said:

“I think he has done a super job again this year, his resilience is amazing, his ability to defend behind the line, he has worked hard on his kicking and passing game and merits to have an opportunity at national level.”

Marmion’s team mate Robbie Henshaw has also been named as one of the 14 backs to travel to South America.

The 20-year-old has three international caps to his name following last summer’s tour to North America where he made his debut in the green jersey coming off the bench against Canada and going on to start at fullback against the USA a week later.

In the 2013 November Series, Henshaw came off the bench against Australia, replacing Brian O’Driscoll temporarily in the first half and then later coming on for fullback Rob Kearney.

The first Test in Argentina takes place at the Estadio Centenario in Resistancia in Chaco Province in the northeast of the country on Saturday 7th June.  The second Test will be played in the Estadio José Fierro in Tucumán in North-western Argentina on Saturday 14th June. Both Tests against the Pumas will kick-off at 15:40 local time (19:40 Irish Time).

The Ireland squad will depart for the two Test tour on Sunday 1st June and both Tests will be broadcast live on SKY Sports 2 with coverage starting from 7.00pm.

IRELAND 2014 Argentina Tour Squad:

Forwards (16)

Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 75

James Cronin (Dolpin/Munster) *

Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster) *

Iain Henderson (Ballinahinch/Ulster) 10

Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster) 14

Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) 65

Rob Herring (Ballinahinch/Ulster) *

Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 8

Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 8

Marty Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster) 5

Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 2

Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 92

Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster) 39

Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 2

Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 15

Damian Varley (Garryowen/Munster) 2

 

Backs (14)

Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 5

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 39

Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht) 3

Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 9

Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster) 5

Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 54

Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) *

Luke Marshall (Ballinahinch/Ulster) 5

Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 26

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 27

Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 54

Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro) 43

Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 55

Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster) 6

*Denotes uncapped player

 

Argentina v IRELAND

Saturday 7th June, 2014

Estadio Centenario, Resistencia, Chaco

KO 15:40 local time (19:40 Irish time)

 

REF: Glen Jackson (NZ) ASSIST REFS: Mike Fraser (NZ), Jaco van Heerden (SA) TMO: Shaun Veldsman (SA)

 

Argentina v IRELAND

Saturday 14th June, 2014

Estadio José Fierro, Tucumán

KO 15:40 local time (19:40 Irish time)

 

REF: Pascal Gauzerre (FRA) ASSIST REFS: Glen Jackson (NZ) Lourens van der Merwe (SA) TMO: Shaun Veldsman (SA)

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