Autumn Internationals: Ireland v USA

Joe Schmidt has made 14 changes as Ireland look to complete a clean sweep with a win over the Eagles

Gavin Cummiskey Sat, Nov 24
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  • Good evening. Gavin Cummiskey on live blog watch, wrapping up the most successful calendar year Irish rugby has ever known.

    Ireland v USA, kick-off 6.30pm (GMT)
  • Bit of an after the Goldrush feel to it all.
    You'd swear the Republic of Ireland were playing here at the Aviva.

    Only Garry Ringrose survives from the Ireland XV that toppled New Zealand.
  • Our new guest columnist debuted this morning. Here's Isa Nacewa on black magic.
  • Some details as the Anthems get under way. It's the B team really:

    IRELAND: Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster); Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Stuart McCloskey (Bangor/Ulster), Darren Sweetnam (Cork Constitution/Munster); Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Munster), John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster); Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht), Tadhg Beirne (Munster), Iain Henderson (Queen's University/Ulster), Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary's College/Leinster) (capt), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Ulster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

    Replacements: Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster), Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster), Sam Arnold (Garryowen/Munster).
  • USA are not at full stretch either with Dublin born AJ MacGinty injured and Samu Manoa unable to command a starting berth in Eagles backrow.

    Watch out for 12, Paul Lasike, bit of a bruiser.

    USA: Will Hooley (Bedford Blues); Blaine Scully (Cardiff Blues) (capt), Bryce Campbell (London Irish), Paul Lasike (Harlequins), Marcel Brache (Perth/Western Force); Will Magie (Glendale Raptors), Shaun Davies (Glendale Raptors); Titi Lamositele (Saracens), Joe Taufete'e (Worcester Warriors), Paul Mullen (Unattached), Greg Peterson (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Civetta (Doncaster Knights), John Quill (Glendale Raptors), Hanco Germishuys (Unattached), Cam Dolan (NOLA Gold).

    Replacements: Dylan Fawsitt (Old Blue New York/Rugby United New York), Chance Wenglewski (Lindenwood University), Dino Waldren (London Scottish), Samu Manoa (Cardiff Blues), David Tameilau (Glasgow Warriors), Ruben de Haas (Free State Cheetahs), Gannon Moore (North Harbour Rugby), Ryan Matyas (San Diego Legion).

  • The most interesting aspect of this weekend is what happened after the game. Joe Schmidt and Johnny Sexton are on the IRFU jet to Monaco tomorrow morning (Sexton may already be on the cote d'azur) as Ireland are expected to clean the decks at the World Rugby annual awards.

    They'll be uproar if Beauden Barrett or anyone else pips Sexton for player of 2018.

    Anyway, over to Joey Carbery.
  • Also, and this matters, Schmidt is going to announce his future plans on Monday. The current read is he'll walk after Japan RWC 2019 and not commit to any other nation or club....for now.
  • God, Ireland are wearing training bibs. No wait, it's their new "second strip." We expect a score within the opening few exchanges with the 38 point handicap to be gobbled up by half-time.

    USA did beat Scotland last summer and have only lost of late to the NZ Maori but they've too many amateurs in their ranks.

    The Levy is gonna break.
  • LOL
  • Try, Andrew Conway. 2:39 on the clock.
  • Ruddock burst the soft belly of Team USA (outhalf Will Magie did not want to know). Put Conway away.

    We are predicting 70-0.
  • Carbery conversion makes it 7-0.
  • Five minutes gone. Scrum down on Irish 22. US put-in. Can't see this being a game. I once stuck around Electric Picnic on the Monday night to help take down the tents. Similar feel tonight at Aviva. Good craic so far. Iain Henderson out there taking names. Dirt trackers keen to rip it up.
  • Laike just bumped Carbery. The big Harlequins centre played a little American Football back in the day. USA penalty is the result.

    Ohhhh, Magie scuffed it. Awful start for the American 10. Get him off!
  • There'll be plenty of the USA twitter feed tonight.

    Jordi Murphy clean bit of pick pocketing five metres from the Ireland line (the jerseys are terrible!). John Cooney clears.
  • Sloppy, sloppy by Ireland as hooker Joe Taufete'e runs over.
    TRY USA.
  • 12 mins: Ireland 7-7 USA
    Magie con
  • Taufete'e was tackled by Andrew Conway but the hooker rolled and referee Ben O'Keffee is happy he wasn't held, nor was the ruck formed, so he could bounce up and run over. Fair play.
  • Beastmode it certainly was not.
  • Ireland try coming up. Henderson punishes sloppy scrumhalf play by Shaun Davies to spark counter attack. Ringrose goes for gold. Stopped. A magic no-look offload by Will Addison puts Conway over for his second try.

    12-7 with Carbery touchliner to come.
  • 17 mins: Ireland 14-7 USA
  • Anyone see Peter O'Mahony on the Late, Late? The Great Munster Captain was his usual impressive self but the questions, Christ.
  • Lasike is a torpedo. Carbery the intended target almost every time but the young fly-half has perfect tackle technique. Go low and down goes the big man. Will Addison looking very impressive at fullback.
  • Tit for Tat at L'Aviva.
    USA lineout drive breaks the Ireland defence. PENALTY TRY. 14-14
  • Henderson accidentally fell over as Americans trampled all over him. Referee deemed it foul play. Correct call.


    USA off to impressive start. Solid set piece from Gary Gold's men.
  • Henderson takes 10 minutes break.
    Sin Bin.
  • Mark of respect, Joey Carbery takes the easy three points (for offside). 26 minutes in the bank and Ireland lead 17-14.
  • 26 mins: Ross Byrne for Darren Sweetnam. Injury? HIA? Unclear.
    Lots of changes needed. Addison to left wing, Carbery to 15, Byrne at 10.
  • 30 mins:
    Ireland 17-14 USA

    Cold night, decent game. Will Addison the most impressive man in dark green.
  • Ringrose over does it, flinging an offload out of contact near the US line, and the ball goes to ground. America clears to Addison...Ireland pound through the phases until Jack Conan is set free by Conway.

  • Losing de Runofyourself Whatever happened to 70-0?
  • 33 MINS: Irlanda 24 - 14 US Eagles
    Carbery con
  • Iain Henderson returns.
    No word on Sweetnam (injury?).
    Carbery is at 15
    Addison wing
    Ross Byrne at 10.
  • God, Ireland always miss big Dev. USA hurting them at restarts and set plays. Kilcoyne failed to lift Beirne (work on for the Munster buds)
  • Let's look at this current Ireland XV in details. How many first choice players?
    One - Garry Ringrose.
    Second choice?
    Will Addison looked tidy at fullback. Conway is the shadow winger. Both locks.
    Third choice?
    The rest.
  • Ross Byrne needs a serious performance after how well Ciarán Frawley showed for Leinster on Friday night. Same goes for John Cooney after the glimpses of improvement from Hugh O'Sullivan. Same, same for backrow boys as Caelan Doris gains more exposure.

  • 40 mins:
    Ireland 24
    United States of America 14
  • Ireland player ratings for the first half:

    Will Addison 8 - sharp, tidy, inventive.
    Andrew Conway 8 - two tries and an assist.
    Ringrose 7 - over played his hand but that's understandable.
    Stu McCloskey 5 - no impact in midfield
    D Sweetnam 4 - hurt and replaced.
    Carbery 6 - decent kicking.
    Cooney 7 - impressive and more to come.
    Killer 5, Scannell 6, Bealham 4, Henderson 7 (excellent but yellow carded), Beirne 6, Ruddock 8, Jordi 7, Conan 7.
    IRELAND 24-14 USA

  • USA are a well coached side (Gary Gold and Greg McWilliams) with impressive set piece. Ireland C-team are adhering to the Joe Schmidt ways. Maybe that's the problem. Feels like a night to run wild, tear it up. Carbery's in the back field now so...
  • Andrew Conway is going for it. Sensational stuff. Two tries and put Jack Conan over. He ain't budging Kearney, Earls or Stockdale any time soon but putting real pressure on Larmour to hold 23 come the Six Nations. Helps that he's guaranteed to play fullback for Munster. Just needs to avoid injury (story of his career).
  • Moment of the first stanza: Beirne's flick pass from the ground up, Addison's no-look fling out the back and Conway dots down.

  • Typical gutsy showing from Claire Molloy's Ireland side at Twickenham.
  • HT: Ireland 24-14 USA
    Impressive opening 40 mins from Americans but two Andrew Conway tries and Jack Conan touchdown (Joey Carbery kicked all his goals) papers over the cracks.
  • USA back on the field.
    Joe Schmidt gives his last team talk of 2018.
    (Any Given Sunday stuff ?)
  • Sam Arnold is in for Will Addison (HIA).
  • Scrum on the US 22. Cooney feeds. Byrne puts Ringrose up the guts. Cooney goes back the short side but Conway fumbles. God damn it.
  • EXECUTION. Cooney fires McCloskey at the gainline. Looked bang on the money.

    Ben O'Keeffe Ref): "forward."
  • Four Blackrock players on the field:
    Jordi Murphy, Andrew Conway, Joey Carbery, Garry Ringrose.

    Equals the record?
  • 43 mins:
    Ireland 24-14 USA

    Break in play for what looks a serious injury to American hooker.
  • Huge cheer for Barack Obama and a hot dog in the crowd.
  • Dylan Fawsitt makes it five Blackrock players on the field.
  • Will Addison head knock confirmed as failed HIA.
    Ireland will run out the game with two outhalves and three centres in a muddled backline.

    Alas, the handicap is gone... let it go. Or double down on USA +38.
  • Irish medics just rushed on to ask Henderson some questions. He seemed to pass the test.
  • No more points. Ireland scrum down under posts, 15 metres out.
  • Interesting, John Cooney and Ross Byrne are the key decision makers. Any argument for shifting Byrne from 10 and letting Carbery run the show?
  • The crowd need a try here. Scrum sets 8 metres out. Cooney lets Jack Conan pick, he looses possession, so back for the umpteenth re-set.
    Penalty try coming.

    Really, Cooney should just attack. Who's in charge?
  • Ben O'Keeffe is moaning about "head on head" at scrums.
    Do your job.
  • Mexican Wave as crowd goes on the sauce.
  • Probably a try, but who cares anymore?
  • Tadhg Beirne powers over.
  • 52 mins:
    Ireland 31-14 USA
    Beirne try
    Carbery con

  • While this game has unfolded, football has surpassed rugby as the national sport. The GAA are expected to side with the FAI by shelling Thomond Park from the Gaelic Grounds. Stay safe.
  • Reasons to be cheerful: Beirne is motoring away at the lineout.

    Reasons not: McCloskey can't catch a cold.
  • Rob Herring arrives to tank his international prospects by failing to find Beirne at the tail. Sean Cronin is the big winner tonight.
  • Dave KILLER Kilcoyne burst through midfield like a young gazelle.
    The attack ends with Stu McCloskey diving over near the corner flag.

  • 60th min:
    Ireland 36
    USA 14
    (Carbery misses conversion of McCloskey try)
  • Luke McGrath arrives to cement his role as Ireland's closing scrumhalf now and forever.
  • The biggest question from tonight is why are Ireland wearing blue?
  • 65 mins: TRY IRELAND
    Quinn Roux rises with the ball. Bish Bosh.
    Carbery converts.

  • Josh van der Flier enters the fray. This is nothing to JVDF after last Saturday's madness. He drops the shoulder and carries hard to the line.
  • #foodmonth
  • John Quill walks off. Big, hard Cork flanker has made a name for himself across the pond.
  • Ringrose plants Will Hooley. American fullback winces in agony.
  • Score: 43-14
    11 minutes to play.
    Ireland have been disrupted by injury and not having Carbery at pivot.
  • Lovely. Conway gathers kick on to put Luke McGrath over.
    Nice try. 50 points is coming.
  • Not quite Jacob Stockdale but Conway has ticked every single box tonight.
  • Scratch that. Try disallowed for forward pass by COnway to Luke McGrath. TMO says so.
  • "Eight minutes Yeah!" says somebody as the scrums lock horns again.
  • Sam Arnold penalised for tampering with the scrumhalf. Americans on the attack. The Schmidt review of this will be ugly. Luckily, school's out.
  • 74 mins: 43-14, Ireland in control and generally unimpressive.
  • Ringrose shreds the US defence, steps the second last man and puts Conway over for the hat-trick.
  • About time.
  • Joey Carbery conversion makes it 50-14.
  • MOM - Andrew Conway.
    Hat-trick and a bunch of other bits and pieces. Assist for Conan try. Created and assist for disallowed McGrath try.
    Now all he has to do is stay fit for 11 months.
  • That's it, almost, Ireland run out easy winners against the United States of Americana.
  • Ringrose and Conway a class apart.
  • Wait...
  • Munster tighthead John Ryan finishes off a fine try.
    IRELAND 57-14 USA
    Masterclass from Garry Ringrose.

    Good night and good luck