Former England U20 star Will Addison could make Ireland debut against Italy as big names are rested for USA trip
- Ireland travel to Chicago to play Italy in their first Autumn international
- Joe Schmidt has rested a number of his best players for the trip to America
- Will Addison, who played for England at youth level, has been selected though
- He could make his debut after swapping Sale Sharks for Ulster in the summer
Will Addison has moved a step closer to his Test debut by being named in an unfamiliar 26-man Ireland squad to face Italy.
Former England Under-20s star Addison could now well make his senior international bow in the clash at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday.
Head coach Joe Schmidt has opted to hold back the likes of captain Rory Best and vice-captains Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony, with Argentina, New Zealand and the USA all still to face in Dublin.
Will Addison could make his Ireland debut against Italy after being named in the squad
The Ulster centre has been given the chance with Joe Schmidt naming an unfamiliar squad
British and Irish Lions forwards Iain Henderson and Sean O’Brien and full-back Rob Kearney have also been left out of the squad to travel to Chicago, with boss Schmidt keeping a clutch of stellar names fresh for the three Dublin encounters.
Leinster playmaker Ross Byrne has also edged closer to his Test bow in making the Chicago squad, with Joey Carbery possibly pencilled in to start at fly-half.
Addison left Sale for Ulster in the summer and has since earned rave reviews for a string of fine performances with the Belfast province.
Johnny Sexton and Rory Best have both been left at home for the trip to the USA
Now the 26-year-old – who qualifies for Ireland through his mother – can push for his first Test cap, when Ireland take on Conor O’Shea’s Italy in America.
Schmidt’s decision to keep some senior players fresh for the Dublin encounters also means Ireland will have a new face as captain this weekend.
Ireland squad to face Italy in Chicago:
Forwards: F Bealham (Connacht), T Beirne (Munster) J Conan, S Cronin, T Furlong (all Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), J McGrath (Leinster), J Murphy (Ulster), A Porter (Leinster), Q Roux (Connacht), R Ruddock, James Ryan (both Leinster), N Scannell (Munster), D Toner, J van der Flier (both Leinster).
Backs: W Addison (Ulster), B Aki (Connacht), R Byrne (Leinster), J Carbery, A Conway (both Munster), J Cooney (Ulster), J Larmour, L McGrath, G Ringrose (all Leinster), J Stockdale (Ulster), D Sweetnam (Munster).
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