Wicklow pair included in Irish squad for November internationals

Josh van der Flier (left) and Adam Byrne (right) visited Greystones rugby club to meet the stars of the future.

Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan have been called up for Ireland’s Guinness Series matches in November.

Joe Schmidt’s men kick-off their winter fixtures on the 3rd of November when they return to Soldier’s Field in Chicago to play Italy as part of the Rugby Weekend

A week later, Ireland will begin their Guinness Series when they host Argentina in the Aviva Stadium on the 10th of November, before New Zealand return to Dublin on the 17th of November, the first-time the All-Blacks will play in the Aviva since their dramatic win over Ireland in 2016.

Then, on the 24th of November, Ireland will conclude the Guinness Series when they play U.S.A., with the Americans visiting the Aviva Stadium for the very first time.

Joe Schmidt named his side for the games on Wednesday, with Leinster’s Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan both making the cut.

Three uncapped players have been picked for the squad, with Leinster out-half Ross Byrne, Munster centre Sam Arnold, and Ulster back Will Addison all receiving first-time call-ups.

Should he play, the game in Chicago will be Josh van der Flier’s first appearance for Ireland since suffering a season-ending knee injury against France in the 2018 Six Nations curtain-raiser in February.

Meanwhile, the November internationals could prove to be Jack Conan’s chance to cement himself in the Ireland XV, having made his Six Nations debut earlier this year.

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