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Munster Youths in Interprovincial Semi-Final

22nd January 2009 By Munster Rugby

Munster Youths in Interprovincial Semi-Final

"There are no second chances in this last round of the competition" commented head coach John O Sullivan as Munster Youths take on Ulster in Ravenhill this weekend, Saturday 24th, ko 12.30pm.

Munster beat Leinster in the opening round of the Interprovincial competition in November. Loosing by a score to both Ulster (away) and Connacht at home, John O’Sullivan’s coaching team will want to put the record straight this time round.

"Weather Conditions haven’t exactly been ideal for preparation for the final round, but we’ve worked very hard with the assistance of Steve Forde, Ken O’Connell, Kevin King and Ronan O’Donovan".

Munster Youths will want to be in the final mix the following weekend in Mullingar with Connacht the only side to have beaten all three provinces, and are favourites to beat a very different Leinster side.

John O’Sullivan brings a lot of experience to this side having coached the Irish ladies team for a number of seasons and knows what it takes to be at the top. "We’re not only preparing the Munster Youths to win out the championship but also giving all these players an opportunity to compete for places on the Irish Youth squad".

The Irish Youths travel to Toulon, France to play in the European FIRA Championships in early April. A number of Munster players have already been on trials, Jake Considine, Lukas Kunhz, Stevie Collins, Kevin O’Byrne, Johnny Holland, John Clery and Gearoid Crowe.

Chairman of selectors Nick O’Keeffe congratulated Ken O’Connell (Academy Elite Development Officer) who joined the Irish Youths as forwards technical coach. "Ken has a lot of experience having played at the highest level both at Irish level and as a club professional with Munster, Castres and London Irish. Ken will join two other Munster men who have been with the Irish squad the past few seasons, Lenny Browne, Video Analyst and Tom Nyhan, Logistics Manager.

Nick also praised Ultan O’Callaghan who has consistently supported the Youths programme and professional players like Paul Warick who gave up his time over Christmas to give out half Johnny Holland some kicking practice and also heaped praise on his selectors who work tirelessly throughout the year to bring players together.

O’Sullivan went on to say "This competition is very important for these young lads and we’re all looking forward to the challenge of heading to Ravenhill".

Semi-Finals: 24th January
Ulster V Munster Ravenhill 12.00
Connacht V Leinster Showgrounds 12.00

Final: 31st January
Mullingar 12.00

Munster Youths Squad 2008/09

Mike Lynch

Bruff RFC

Mark Corby

Clonmel RFC

Cian McKeown

Ennis RFC

Gary Fitzgibbon

Crosshaven RFC

John Cleary

Bruff RFC

Graham Coughlan

Douglas RFC

Colm Considine

Ennis RFC

Scott Hornibrook

Waterpark RFC

Gearoid Crowe

Ennis RFC

Darragh Bonifil

Garryowen RFC

Kevin O Byrne

Highfield RFC

Dara Arthurs

Young Munster RFC

Jake Considine

Young Munster RFC

Mark Deegan

Waterpark RFC

Geoffrey Deegan

Waterpark RFC

Niall Enright

Newcastle West RFC

Andrew Kelleher

Cashel RFC

Jonathan Holland

Sundays Well RFC

Shane O Connor

Ennis RFC

Stephen Collins

Ennis RFC

Lukus Kunz

Ennis RFC

Robbie Finn

Bruff RFC

Jamie Byrne

Tralee RFC

Robin Healy

Garryowen RFC

Adrian Doyle

Newcastle West RFC

Daniel McSweeney

Ballincollig RFC

Derry O Connor

Abbeyfeale RFC

Munster Youths Coaching and Management

Nick O Keefe

Chairman of Selectors

John O Sullivan

Head Coach

Ronan O Donovan

Backs coach

Steve Forde

Forwards Coach

Ken O Connell

Technical advisor

Kevin King

Conditioning Coach

Claire Wills

Sports Therapist

Adam Clarke

Video Analyst

Dermot Kelly

Selector / North

Tom Nyhan

Selector / South

Pat Coman

Selector / East

Denis Griffin

Selector / West


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