Joe Schmidt is expected to name his Ireland squad tomorrow for the upcoming November internationals against Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the USA.
With so many Irish players performing very well for the provinces this season, this will likely be one of the most difficult squads Schmidt has had to name in his tenure.
Schmidt named a 38-man squad for the 2017 November internationals, a 36-man squad for the 2018 Six Nations and most recently, a 35-man squad for the summer tour against the Wallabies.
With so many players playing well and due to the fact that the fixture list contains a match against Tier 2 opposition in the form of the USA, we believe Schmidt will go for an extended 38-man squad to run the rule over those who are on the fringes.
Pundit Arena’s 38-Man Ireland Squad for 2018 November Series:
* Assuming both Niall Scannell and Rob Herring are ruled out through injury.
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*We believe Schmidt will go with eight back-rows due to the near-impossibility of leaving any of these players out.
*Assuming Conor Murray is unavailable.
*Addison also has the added benefit of being able to play across the back-three.
Unlucky to miss out: Ultan Dillane, Tom Farrell, Finlay Bealham, Darren Sweetnam.