Munster s U.19 team head north to play Ulster this weekend for their first game in the inaugural IRFU U.19 Interprovincial Championship. The competition has been introduced to promote player involvement in that age group and to improve the numbers in the pool of players to select for Munster U.21 s and Ireland U.21 s.
The squad includes players from thirteen clubs and colleges all over Munster. Garryowen FC has four players on the squad, with Sunday s Well having three representatives. Bruff, Clonakilty, Rockwell College, Cork Constitution and Shannon each have two players, with one each from Bandon, Corinthians, Thurles, Clanwilliam, Presentation College Cork, Young Munster and Midleton. Included in the squad is backrow Tommy O Donnell from Clanwilliam RFC who was on the Irish youth team last year, and the Irish U.18 team that competed in the Four Nations in Wales. Also included is Neilus Keogh, from Bruff RFC who played with St. Munchin s last season and was also a member of the Irish U.18 team.
Training began at the start of August, and the squad rotates between Old Christians RFC and UCC in Cork and Garryowen FC in Limerick on alternate weeks.
2005/6 U.19 INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES
Saturday 3rd September 2005
Ulster v Munster, Ravenhill, 12 noon
Friday 9th September 2005
Connacht v Munster, Sportsgrounds, 4pm
Friday 16th September 2005
Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, 5pm