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Ireland U18 Boys And Girls 7s Training Squads Announced

15th June 2023 By The Editor

Ireland U18 Boys And Girls 7s Training Squads Announced

Munster's Lyndsay Clarke ©INPHO

The IRFU have named the Ireland U18 Boys and Girls 7s squads for an upcoming series of national camps which will culminate in the respective Rugby Europe U18 Sevens Championships in July.

Ireland U18 Girls 7s

A panel of 18 players has been named for an Ireland U18s Girls 7s training squad that will attend a series of national training camps at the IRFU High Performance Centre before a final squad of 12 head to the Rugby Europe Women’s 18 European Championship in Czechia in July.

Eleven of the squad are uncapped and have been named in the squad on the back of strong performances in the Girls U18 7s Interprovincial series.

The other seven players have featured for Ireland at both 7s and 15s including the recent Six Nations U18 Championship in England.

The players will gather for their first camp on June 25th at the IRFU High Performance Centre. Their second camp takes place at the French High-Performance Centre in Marcoussis over four days in June and July before a final two camp back in Dublin.

The final squad of twelve will travel to Prague for the Rugby Europe tournament which takes place on July 15th and 16th.

Head Coach Katie Fitzhenry said, “We’re really excited about this tournament and this squad. The interprovincial 7s series in May has played a strong part in the selection with many of these players showing well and putting their hand up.

“We have an exciting few weeks ahead, including the chance to train at the IRFU High Performance Centre and at Marcoussis in France.

Seeing the senior team qualify for the Olympics is huge and provides a real incentive for these young players.”

Ireland U18 Girls 7s Training Squad

Anna Roche (Ballincollig/Munster)*
Caitriona Finn (UL/Ballina Killaloe/Munster)
Ellen O’Sullivan Sexton (Mullingar/Leinster)*
Emma Brogan (Navan/Leinster)*
Eve Prendergast (Wexford Wanderers/Leinster)*
Hannah Clarke (Tuam/Oughterard/Connacht)
Katie Corrigan (Tullow/Leinster)
Katie Gilmour (Cooke/Ulster)*
Lucia Linn (Loughborough/Munster)*
Lyndsay Clarke (Ennis/Munster)*
Molly Boote (Connemara/Connacht)
Molly O’Gorman (Wexford Wanderers/Leinster)*
Niamh Crotty (Dolphin/Munster)*
Niamh Murphy (Cill Dara/Leinster)*
Orla Wafer (Enniscorthy/Leinster)
Robyn O’Connor (Wexford Wanderers/Leinster)
Tara O’Neill (Cooke/Ulster)

*Denotes uncapped player

Ireland U18 Girls Training Schedule

Screening Camp 1: 25th June 2023, IRFU High Performance Centre

National Camp 2: 29th June to 2nd July 2023, FFR High Performance Centre, Marcoussis

National Camp 3: 8th & 9th July 2023, IRFU High Performance Centre

U18 Rugby European Championship 2023

Prague, Czech Rep, 13th – 17th July 2023

Ireland U18 Boys 7s

Head Coach Kieran Hurrell has selected 30 players that will attend a series of national camps (24th June, 1st – 2nd July and 8th & 9th July) at the IRFU’s High Performance Centre in Dublin.

A final 12-man squad will be heading to Macolin, Switzerland for the upcoming Rugby Europe U-18 Men’s Sevens Championship on the 15th & 16th July 2023.

Eight of the squad featured for the Ireland U18 Schools at the Six Nations U18 Festival while a further five played for the Ireland U18 Clubs & Schools side against Italy. Nine of the players are in the National Talent Squad.

The countries competing in the Rugby Europe U-18 Men’s Sevens Championship are France, Spain, Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Lithuania, Ireland, Portugal, Israel, Ukraine, Turkey and Switzerland.

Wayne Mitchell, National Talent Squad and Talent ID Manager, said “This is a great opportunity to bring together a group of talented young players and exposed them to playing 7s and ultimately performing in a green jersey.

“Being in the upcoming national camps preparing for an international tournament, is another critical development opportunity for our age grade players and coaches and it also allows them all to compare and benchmark themselves against the best of their age group. The rate of learning and development during this short 7s programme is huge and cannot be under estimated.”

Ireland U18 Boys 7s Training Squad

Cal Traynor Russell (Leinster/CBC Monskstown)
Charlie Molony (Leinster/Blackrock College)*
Conan Lennon (Leinster/Castleknock College)
Connor Fahy (Leinster/Good Counsel College/Wexford Wanderers RFC)*
Daniel Ryan (Leinster/St. Michael’s College)
Fraser Cunningham (Ulster/RBAI)
Gene O’Leary Kareem (Munster/Presentation Brothers Cork)*
Gerard Murtagh (Connacht/Sligo Grammar/Sligo RFC)
Harry Duffy (Connacht/Galwegians RFC)
Jack Dunne (Leinster/Belvedere College)
James Hillman (Ulster/RBAI)
Jamie Jackson (Ulster/Portadown College)
Johnny Scott (Ulster/Dromore HS)
Larry Kirkham (Leinster/St. Michael’s College)
Luke Murphy (Munster/Ard Scoil Ris)*
Mark Walsh (Leinster/Blackrock College)
Matthew Heasley (Ulster/Dromore HS)
Matthew Te Pou (Munster/St Munchins College)*
Michael Foy (Munster/Christian Brothers College)*
Noah Fenton (IQ Rugby/Blundells School)
Oisin Minogue (Munster/St Munchins College)
Orin Burke (Connacht/Presentation College/Monivea RFC)
Paddy Taylor (Leinster/Newbridge College)*
Paidi Farrell (Leinster/St. Mary’s Edenderry/Tullamore RFC)*
Patrick Flannelly (Connacht/Castlebar RFC)
Ruairi Munnelly (Leinster/Newbridge College)
Tim Deering (Leinster/Skerries Community College/Skerries RFC)
Tom Murtagh (Leinster/Clongowes Wood College)
Tom Wood (Munster/St Munchins College)*
Zach Allen (Munster/Bandon RFC)

*National Talent Squad (NTS)

Ireland U18 Boys 7s Programme

National Camp 1: 24th June 2023, IRFU High Performance Centre

National Camp 2: 1st & 2nd July 2023, IRFU High Performance Centre

National Camp 3: 8th & 9th July 2023, IRFU High Performance Centre

U18 Rugby European Championship 2023

Macolin, Switzerland, 13th – 17th July 2023

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