Seven UCD players in Ireland Rugby squad
Josh van der Flier (Sports Management), Garry Ringrose (Business and Law, stage 3), Luke McGrath (Commerce), James Tracy (Health and Performance Science), Dan Leavy (Business and Law, stage 4), Andrew Porter (Geography, stage 2) and James Ryan (BA joint honours, stage 2) will be in contention to play in the three-test June series.
Van der Flier, Ringrose, Leavy and Porter are UCD Ad Astra Elite Athlete scholars.
"There is a real freshness to the group, including the coaching staff, so we're looking forward to what will be a very challenging summer tour,” said Joe Schmidt, Ireland’s head coach.
??"We have retained a sprinkling of experienced players, some of whom may yet be called up to the Lions, but the focus is really on challenging the younger players to cope with the heat and foreign conditions as well as the speed and physicality of Test rugby."
Five of the seven UCD players currently have 20 caps between them: Ringrose (8), van der Flier (7), Leavy (2), Tracy (2) and McGrath (1). The tour will give Porter and Ryan the opportunity to make their senior debuts.
Ireland play the US Eagles on June 10 before flying to Japan to play two tests against the Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts on June 17 and 24.
By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations