Hat-trick hero McFadden pleased with North American tour
Fergus McFadden feels Ireland's fringe players have generated some food for thought for the autumn internationals.
Last Updated: 16/06/13 5:51pm
Leinster winger McFadden crossed the line three times in a 40-14 win over Canada in Toronto on Sunday, becoming the first Irish player to do so since Kevin Maggs against Fiji in 2002.
It represented one of several eye-catching performances from a group depleted by 11 British and Irish Lions call-ups and a host of injuries.
McFadden is confident that several of the more inexperienced players have strengthened their selection claims for the November games against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.
"We said that going out before the game (against Canada), whoever had the jersey it would be their last performance until November and we tried to put our hands up for the coaches," he said.
"We probably got off to a slowish start. When Canada come out of the blocks they're very physical. It probably took us until the 55th, 60th minute to break them down and get a few scores.
"From a team point of view, I think we improved massively from last week (15-12 win over United States).
"Personally, to score three tries for your country made it a really memorable day for me."
And coach Les Kiss - who hands the reins to Joe Schmidt this summer - was delighted with how his inexperienced squad performed in both Test matches.
"It was a short tour, I think we had five new caps last week, in difficult conditions," Kiss said.
"The US back row was very hard at the breakdown as was their whole team, and it probably wasn't managed as well as we would have liked to open up a game we would have liked to flow a bit more.
"I think (against Canada) we saw that. I thought both teams actually played with an endeavour and an ambition and I thought that was great for the team overall."