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Munster’s Young Talent Shine on International Stage

10th April 2007 By Munster Rugby

Munster’s Young Talent Shine on International Stage

Six Munster players are currently involved with the Irish U19’s at the IRB U19 World Championships in Belfast. Eight Munster Schools players are on the Irish U18 squad taking place in the U18 Six Nations in Scotland, while four Munster players were on the Irish U18 team that were narrowly defeated by France in the final of the FIRA U18 European Championships in Biarritz on Saturday.

IRB U19 World Championships

The Irish U19 side currently competing in Pool A includes Munster players Scott Deasy (PBC), Michael Sherry (Ardscoil Ris), Kieran Essex (CBC/UCC), Murray Kinsella (Newtown School), Ian Nagle (Glenstal Abbey) and David Foley (UL Bohs). Ireland U19’s kicked off their championship campaign on 5th April against title holders Australia at Ravenhill. In a very physical game, Ireland led 5-0 at half time, however, a run of second half tries gave Australia the edge, and the game finished up 15-10.

On Monday evening last at Ravenhill, Ireland had a dramatic one point victory over Scotland. Ireland came from behind to score a vital late try and chalk up their first win at the IRB Under-19 World Championship. Four Stephen McColl penalties had Scotland in pole position but the hosts heaped the pressure on, got the touch down through Eoin O’Malley and Scott Deasy’s conversion won it 13-12. Along with the conversion, PBC’s Scott Deasy also kicked two penalty goals.

Munster Schools Players in U18 Six Nations in Scotland

Ireland U18 Schools defeated Italy in their opening game of the U18 Six Nations on a score line of 22-5 last Sunday in Glasgow.

The side includes Peter Kelleher (PBC Cork), Kyle O’Dwyer (CBC Cork), Brian O’Hara (PBC Cork), Peter O’Mahony (PBC Cork), James Ryan (Rockwell College), Andrew Burke (Crescent College Comprehensive), Chris Nolan (CBC Cork), Ronan O’Mahony (Castletroy College)

The management team also includes some familiar names from Munster Schools Rugby- with Peter Melia coaching the side, and Paul Barr on board as Assistant Coach.

Prior to their departure for Glasgow, the side played a friendly warm up match against the Japan U19’s recently, with the home side emerging 32-14 winners.

Ireland Schools Fixtures/Results

April 8, 2007 – Italy U18’s 5-22 Ireland U18 Schools
April 11, 2007 – France U18’s v Ireland U18 Schools, Old Anniesland, Glasgow Hawks RFC
April 14, 2007 – England U18s v Ireland U18 Schools, Burnbrae, West of Scotland RFC, 1pm

Four Munster Players in FIRA U18 European Championships

Four Munster players featured in the FIRA U18 Championship squad that were narrowly beaten by France in the final of the competition last weekend in Biarritz.

The players include prop Gavin Duffy (Sunday’s Well RFC), centre Danny Barnes (Tralee RFC), second row Mike Lenihan (Mallow RFC) and hooker Paul Molloy (Waterpark RFC).

The Irish Youths team defeated Georgia 26-0 in their opening game on 1st April and went on to defeat England 10-7 on April 4th, setting up a final with host country France. With the sides locked at 3-3 at half time, Ireland took the lead ten minutes into the second half with a try from Naas full back Eoghan Conron. As the game reached its closing stages, the French kept the pressure on through a succession of penalties near the Irish line. With only two minutes remaining and the championship almost in Ireland’s grasp, France managed to dramatically score from close range to level the scores. The conversion was missed and the final whistle blew – ending the game in an 8-8 draw. With no extra-time in this tournament, the game went straight to penalties and in the most difficult of circumstances, Ireland were edged out 4-3.

The four were also capped for Irish Youths on the 18th March last in Glasgow against Scotland in a warm up International in preparation for the FIRA European championship.

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