No Sexton, Kearney or O'Mahony for Ireland's US trip to face Italy
Ireland will take on Italy in Chicago on Saturday without Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney and Peter O'Mahony.
Joe Schmidt has named the 26-man squad that departs today for the USA with the experienced trio rested, as expected, for upcoming Tests against Argentina, New Zealand and the USA next month.
Kearney, who has 86 caps, was replaced early in the second half of Leinster's Guinness Pro14 win over Treviso on Saturday, while O'Mahony completed a bruising 80 minutes in Munster's win over Glasgow.
The flanker appeared to hurt his shoulder winning the last penalty, which Rory Scannell converted for a 25-24 win.
Back row Sean O'Brien, who played an hour of that game, has also been left at home, as have scrum-half Kieran Marmion and number 8 CJ Stander and captain Rory Best.
Meanwhile, the Italy squad contains only one uncapped player in South African-born flanker lock Johan Meyer who qualifies after three years of playing for Zebre.
"We have a very difficult challenge against Ireland, who in the past created [problems] that we did not manage properly," head coach Conor O'Shea said.
"But we will give 100 percent on the field. We are ambitious and we want to show our game. It will be important for us to put in a physically strong performance."
Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht) 7
Tadhg Beirne (Munster) 2
Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 9
Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 62
Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 26
Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 22
Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 50
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster) 23
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 8
Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 6
Rhys Ruddock (St Maryâs College/Leinster) 19
James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 1 1
Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 9
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 60
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 10
Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) *
Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 9
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) *
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster) 12
Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 7
John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 2
Jordan Larmour (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 6
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 6
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 14
Jacob Stockdale (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 11
Darren Sweetnam (Cork Constitution/Munster) 2
* denotes uncapped playerSource: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland