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Munsterman Earls leads the way in Ireland’s stateside success

Munster winger Keith Earls ran in two tries as Ireland sauntered to a comfortable 55-19 win over the United States on Saturday.

The Boys in Green scored nine tries to leave the Eagles all aflutter at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, and the 29-year-old, who also dotted down in May’s Guinness PRO12 final, led the way by crossing the whitewash twice inside the opening 18 minutes.

Debutant Jacob Stockdale, of Ulster, Munster hooker Niall Scannell and Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion also scored in the first period.

The Leinster trio of James Ryan, who was also making his debut, Jack Conan and Luke McGrath all also got in on the act after the break, with Munster star Simon Zebo rounding things off.

However, Ireland are set to assess the fitness of Leinster’s Joey Carbery, who began the game at fly-half but was forced off with an ankle injury with 51 minutes on the clock.

“Joey just sprained his ankle a bit chasing across the pitch. He just went to turn back,” said Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

“We don’t know what the story is yet. It hasn’t really swelled too much but it was a bit tender, so we’ll see how it settles and maybe get a scan, either here (in the US) or once we’ve arrived in Tokyo.”

Elsewhere, Edinburgh’s Ross Ford recorded a brace as Scotland ran out 34-13 winners over Italy at the Singapore National Stadium.

Ford’s two tries came in the second half and followed first-half scores from Ali Price, of Glasgow Warriors, and Tim Visser while his Edinburgh team-mate Damien Hoyland also dotted down after the break.

Warriors’ Finn Russell and Duncan Taylor made up the rest of Scotland’s total with the boot while Italy recorded second-half tries from Michele Campagnaro and Benetton Treviso’s Angelo Esposito, as well as a penalty from club teammate Tommaso Allan.