The champions Connacht play Leinster in what promises to be an intriguing encounter. Both sides promise to be extremely competive at this level, based on the performance of there respective colleges at domestic level. However, Connacht have proven an extremely hard team to beat in the past and it will take somthing special by the Leinster team on the day to overcome what promises to be a strong challenge from the west. In the second semi-final, also being played at 2.30 pm at Mullingar RFC, Munster take the field against Ulster. Both sides have lost a the final over the last two years and the urge must now be there to go one step further and take the honours . Munster have prepared well , and judging by the number of players who featured on the Irish Colleges team in France this year and are available to them, they would have to be slight favourites on paper to make it through.
Now in its third year , this competition is establishing itself as a very respectable stage on which a student can display his rugby ability on. The IRFU have invested at this level in order to more readily identify talent coming through at the 20 to 25 year age bracket.Both matches kick off simultaneously and there promises to be a a lot of good rugby played on the day. The following panel has been chosen to represent Munster in the LGM Ireland Colleges Rugby imterprovincial semi final against Ulster on this coming Wednesday (3rd March) in Mullingar. FORWARDS:
Aonraoi O'Donovan, CIT Brian Farrell, LIT DJ Collins, UL Michael Paul, Cork Coll Comm Garreth Noonan, UL Philip O'Connor, Col Ciarain James O'Neill, UL Barry Heaton,LIT Diarmaid Gleeson, LIT Brendan Guilfoyle,Col Ciarain Dara McDonagh, LIT Brendan Cutriss, Col St. Naofa Dion O Brien,WIT Frankie Leonard,UL Francais Strumble , WIT Batt Duggan, Col St Naofa. BACKS:
Rory Carroll, CIT Aidan Rees,UL Daithi Fitzgerald,LIT Conor Quaid ,CIT Niall Yelverton,UL James O 'Hanlon,Cork Coll Of Comm Brendan Burke, Garda Coll Ian Dowling, UL Ian Hanley ,LIT John Lilis, WIT Rob Colan O'Leary, Col St Naofa Ronan Devine, Col St Naofa Manager: Donal Duggan Coach : (1) John Lambe, (2) Peter O'Dowd
LGM IRELAND INTERPROVINCIAL SEMIFINALS Munster Vs Ulster Connacht vs Leinster Venue: Mullingar RFC Wednesday, March 3rd Kick Off : (both games) - 2.30pm