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Cork man Ryan in line for USA debut after being added to squad to face Ireland
The sides meet in New Jersey next Saturday.

CORK MAN PADDY Ryan could be in line to make his debut for the USA senior side after being drafted into their squad to face Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team on Saturday in New Jersey.

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USA Head Coach John Mitchell has drafted the Newcastle Falcons prop into his squad as they get set to face Ireland and Georgia this month, before their two World Cup qualifiers against Canada.

26-year-old Ryan came up through the ranks at the Munster Academy and played for the province’s A side.

The former Ireland U20′s player has since moved abroad to play for Viadana in Italy, London Welsh in England and Libourne in France.

He signed for Newcastle Falcons at the start of the 2015/16 season and is eligible to play for the USA through his American mother.

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Ryan’s older brothers Timmy and Dave have both had previous stints with Munster. Timmy also played for Toulon while Dave recently helped French side Agen claim promotion to the Top 14.

All three played AIL rugby with Dolphin in Cork but they would have started playing rugby with Highfield RFC.

Timmy Ryan Billy Stickland / INPHO Former Munster player Timmy Ryan Billy Stickland / INPHO / INPHO

Dave Ryan James Crombie Former Munster player Dave Ryan James Crombie

Other Irish links in the USA squad include former Connacht out-half AJ McGinty and Blackrock College AIL player Dion Waldren.

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