Ireland have named their 28-man squad to play the Eagles June 8 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Ulster hooker Rory Best will captain the Irish side. Best was expected by many to be busy playing in Australia this summer, but he was left off the British & Irish Lions touring squad.Several regular Irish starters were named to the Lions squad, however, keeping them off this list.
The Irish side includes six uncapped players as well as many regular starters during Ireland's recent Six Nations campaign, like Ulster flyhalf Paddy Jackson and Munster wing Simon Zebo.
"We have selected a squad who have the right mix of youth and experience and I'm really looking forward to working with them over the next few weeks," acting Irish head coach Les Kiss told the Irish Independent.
"USA and Canada have improved enormously since the 2011 World Cup and we know we will be in for two tough Test matches."
IRELAND SUMMER TOUR SQUAD
Forwards: R Best (Ulster, capt), T Court (Ulster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), J Hagan (Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), C Henry (Ulster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), M McCarthy (Connacht), K McLaughlin (Leinster), T O'Donnell (Munster), P O'Mahony (Munster), M Ross (Leinster), M Sherry (Munster), R Strauss (Leinster), D Toner (Leinster), D Tuohy (Ulster).
Backs: I Boss (Leinster), D Cave (Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht), P Jackson (Ulster), F Jones (Munster), I Madigan (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), P Marshall (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster), S Olding (Ulster), A Trimble (Ulster), S Zebo (Munster).