SCHMIDT ON THE FIVE NEW CAPS . . .
DOMINIC RYAN (Leinster)
"Four years ago, Dominic was being spoken about in pretty heady terms as a kid that athletically, physically could impose himself in Clermont. He has come back to form."
NATHAN WHITE (Connacht)
"His performance against Jack McGrath and Cian Healy in the Leinster-Connacht derby spoke volumes for him".
DAVE FOLEY (Munster)
"He's a cracking young kid. But he is a kid. There's lots of scope on his frame to grow into the second row that can have a long-term future".
DARAGH LEADER (Connacht)
"He's got some scope about him. We want to get him into the environment because he's a kid we don't know much about at all".
JARED PAYNE (ULSTER)
"There's two players there right now with Robbie (Henshaw) and Jared and those two are likely to get some time there (at 13)."