Ireland squad for Autumn Internationals

Joe Schmidt and the Ireland coaching staff have announced a squad of 34 players for the forthcoming Autumn Internationals against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. The make-up of the squad is consistent with recent years, and the sole player plying his trade outside of Ireland is Racing Métre fly-half Jonathan Sexton.

There are three uncapped players included in the squad – Leinster back Dave Kearney, who was on the bench for Ireland back in 2012, is included alongside Jack McGrath and James Coughlan.

Those unavailable through injury are Stephen Ferris, Richardt Strauss, Tommy O’Donnell, Jordi Murphy and Simon Zebo, with Donnacha Ryan (knee) and Iain Henderson (toe) also ruled out over the weekend.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “The squad combines players who have shown form in the domestic season mixed with those who have a proven record at international level. As always there were some very difficult decisions. Some players have had limited opportunity to impress due to injury and others have performed very well and it was difficult to leave them out.

“The Guinness Series will demand plenty from the squad and I know they’ll be motivated by the challenge.”

IRELAND Squad (2013 Guinness Series):

Isaac Boss (Leinster)
Tommy Bowe (Ulster)
Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster)
Keith Earls (Munster)
Robbie Henshaw (Connacht)
Paddy Jackson (Ulster)
David Kearney (Leinster)
Rob Kearney (Leinster)
Ian Madigan (Leinster)
Luke Marshall (Ulster)
Fergus McFadden (Leinster)
Conor Murray (Munster)
Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster)
Eoin Reddan (Leinster)
Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92)

Stephen Archer (Munster)
Rory Best (Ulster)
James Coughlan (Munster)
Tom Court (Ulster)
Sean Cronin (Leinster)
Declan Fitzpatrick (Ulster)
Cian Healy (Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)
Chris Henry (Ulster)
Mike McCarthy (Leinster)
Jack McGrath (Leinster)
Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster)
Sean O’Brien (Leinster)
Paul O’Connell (Munster)
Peter O’Mahony (Munster)
Mike Ross (Leinster)
Mike Sherry (Munster)
Devin Toner (Leinster)
Dan Tuohy (Ulster)

What do you make of the Ireland squad?

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

9 thoughts on “Ireland squad for Autumn Internationals

  1. Biggest surprise for me is the absence of Trimble. Would much rather have him in there than D. Kearney, Earls or McFadden. Was superb for Ulster towards the tail end of last season and has looked good since he returned from injury this season too.

  2. Surprised by O’callaghan’s absence, guess Schmidt has one eye on the World cup!

    Is Gilroy still injured?

  3. Gilroy is still struggling with an ankle injury. Not sure when he is back.

    I agree that Trimble should be included but his form this year hasn’t been too great.

    Also I am glad there is no room for I Callahagn but I think by the same logic d’arcy should be dropped. Stuart Olding should be in his place.

    It will be interesting to see who the back up to sexton will be. I reckon PJ has it on current form.

    1. It’s an achievement Bill but one achieved with sig. cost

      – the IRFU is borrowing 22 mil over five years (with over 4 mil extra a year I fancy our regions could have kept most of our talent at home as well).
      – Ireland itself gets hardly any tax money from these guys (so while the country suffers sports stars get incredibly favourable tax rates).

      1. Alright that all sounds a bit over the top. The economic woes of previous years in Ireland are hardly due to tax breaks for a small number of professional rugby players. I don’t think people are suffering at the expense of Jamie heaslip having a tax break.

        Also I think a major contributor to the welsh exodus is the lack of success and a lack on identidy of the club teams. Irish players have an more obvious loyalty to their Provence than the welsh.

        The IRFU have financial issues but £22m across 5 years. You have to borrow to invest. I just hope the IRFU have Arsenal’s accountants and not some from the Allied Anglo bank.

        1. I didn’t say the tax breaks caused any economic woes, I just said that in a time when everyone else is paying more tax the sports stars still have massive tax breaks. Yes, one persons tax take will make no difference but it’s a) a point of principle (why is a bankrupt treasury bankrolling a sport?) and b) an unfair difference – why should well paid sports stars have a lower rate of tax than the fans who pay to watch them?

          I do think the welsh exodus is primarily about money – Phillips, Byrne, Lyds are all clear on this. Only Roberts has said it was about trying something else. Halfpenny and Warburton are also clear that a decent financial offer from The Blues and they will be staying. The difference is that while the IRFU are borrowing to keep their stars at home the WRU are not. I think the IRFU approach is a good one of they’ve balanced the books and can afford the loan. However, the news stories imply it’s a bit of an emergency load – they tried to sell 10,000 debenture-like packages and could only sell half.

          I’m not anti the Irish approach on this, it’s just that when I hear praise for the Irish keeping their players it’s often accompanied (though not in this case) with a dig at the welsh, implying that our skint game can’t keep its players. If we ran our game with the same approach (tax and borrowing) as the Irish then we would keep our players as well.

  4. Hi Brighty, Living in South Africa, I am not aware of the implications as you have mentioned.Yes the world recessions does not seem to effect the sports stars.Still I am looking forward to the autumn internationals and some exciting rugby.

  5. Brighty – Do you ever sleep?

    Your knowledge of rugby goes even further than I thought! – The Tax breaks for players in other countries!! I take my hat off.


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