Ireland vs. Italy: The Rugby Weekend Preview

Ireland vs. Italy

Second-ranked Ireland will face 14th ranked Italy in the second match of The Rugby Weekend at Soldier Field on Saturday, November 3 at 3 pm CDT. In the first match, the USA Rugby Women’s Eagles will play the New Zealand Black Ferns at Noon and at 6 pm the USA Men’s Eagles will face the Maori All Blacks. All three matches will be streamed LIVE on FloRugby.

Ireland

Rhys Ruddock will captain the team and be joined in the back row by Josh van der Flier and Jack Cohan. The front row will consist of props Andrew Porter and Jack McGrath with Niall Scannell at hooker. Tadhg Beirne and Quinn Roux are the locks.

Italy

Head Coach Conor O’Shea has selected the 23-man squad for The Rugby Weekend match in Chicago against Ireland.

“Saturday we have a great challenge against the number two team in the world. The first part of the week the work was more mental than physical to recover our energies. We have a group willing to show their value in the field. I am curious and excited to face this game in a stadium like Soldier Field. A very demanding November awaits us: we will give our best in every match, “said O’Shea.

Squads

Ireland Squad: (Player/Club/Province/Caps) 1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 50 2. Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 9 3. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 8 4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster) 2 5. Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 6 6. Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 19 captain 7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 10 8. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 9 9. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 6 10. Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 12 11. Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 1112. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 9 13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 14
14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 7 15. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 6 16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 62 17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 22 18. Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 7 19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 60 20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 23 21. John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 2 22. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) * 23. Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) *
Italy: 1 Nicola QUAGLIO (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)* 2 Luca BIGI (Benetton Rugby, 11 caps) 3 Tiziano PASQUALI (Benetton Rugby, 9 caps) 4 Marco FUSER (Benetton Rugby, 29 caps)* 5 George Fabio BIAGI (Zebre Rugby Club, 22 caps) 6 Johan MEYER (Zebre Rugby Club, esordiente) 7 Abraham STEYN (Benetton Rugby, 21 caps) 8 Renato GIAMMARIOLI (Zebre Rugby Club, 2 caps)* 9 Tito TEBALDI (Benetton Rugby, 25 caps) 10 Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby Club, 29 caps) 11 Giulio BISEGNI (Zebre Rugby Club, 10 caps) 12 Luca MORISI (Benetton Rugby, 16 caps)* 13 Michele CAMPAGNARO (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)* – captain 14 Mattia BELLINI (Zebre Rugby Club, 14 caps)* 15 Luca SPERANDIO (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps)* 16 Oliviero FABIANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 6 caps) 17 Cherif TRAORE’ (Benetton Rugby, 1 cap)* 18 Giosuè ZILOCCHI (Zebre Rugby Club, 2 caps)* 19 Marco LAZZARONI (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps)* 20 Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps)* 21 Jimmy TUIVAITI (Zebre Rugby Club, esordiente) 22 Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 24 caps) 23 Ian MCKINLEY (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)

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