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Video | Munster U18 Boys Schools Interpro Preparations

19th July 2023 By The Editor

Video | Munster U18 Boys Schools Interpro Preparations

Munster U18 Boys Schools Assistant Coach Seán Cronin

It has been a busy summer across the province with the Munster age-grade representative squads preparing for their respective Interprovincial campaigns.

The Interpro series for Munster’s U19 Boys, U18 Boys Schools, U18 Boys Clubs and U18 Girls squads all kick off in August.

This month, all squads participated in a residential camp at the University of Limerick which involved the use of the facilities in the High Performance Centre which included pitch sessions and gym work in addition to workshops around nutrition and sports psychology.

We caught up with former Ireland international Seán Cronin who is assistant coach of the Munster U18 Boys Schools squad and he explains the screening process which took place throughout the season.

“A screening process is ran throughout the year and there’s constant communication with coaches within the schools,” Cronin said.

“We ran a trial game against Connacht in and around the Easter Holidays and a trial game amongst the players as well to try to finalise our squad which is 30 players for the programme.”

Cronin continued:

“We think we have a really exciting group here. I know some of the coaches have worked with the group at U17s level. There’s some really, really good potential here and we’re looking to see where we can get them to.”

U18 Schools player James O’Leary, who won the Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup with PBC back in March, admits the training is tough but enjoyable.

“It’s tough going to be fair, training is hard but it’s very enjoyable, you get to connect well with the lads. The facilities are top-class so it’s very enjoyable. The HPC is the best of the best so it’s good.”

Hear from Cronin and O’Leary below:

Munster U18 Boys Schools

Christopher Barrett (CBC)
Joshua Boland (Crescent College Comprehensive)
Cathal Bruhn (PBC)
Jonathan Byrne (Crescent College Comprehensive)
Rory Cogan (CBC)
Jamie Conway (Castletroy College)
Charlie Fenton (Crescent College Comprehensive)
Joe Finn (Cistercian College Roscrea)
Daniel Foley (PBC)
Conor Galvin (CBC)
Calem Harte (Bandon Grammar School)
Bill Hayes (Cistercian College Roscrea)
Mark Hetherington (PBC)
Edward Keena (Glenstal)
Muiri Lambe (Rockwell College)
Bill McCarthy (CBC)
Alex McNamara (Crescent College Comprehensive)
Ian Morton (CBC)
Harry Murphy (PBC)
Daire O’Callaghan (CBC)
Ronan O’Callaghan (CBC)
Alex O’Connell (CBC)
Leo O’Leary (CBC)
James O’Leary (PBC)
Ben O’Mahony (St Munchin’s College)
Charlie O’Shea (CBC)
Andrew Wall (Rockwell College)
Cian Walsh (CBC)
Chulainn Williams (Castletroy College)
Tom Wood (St Munchin’s College)

Coaching Team 

Fiach O’Loughlin – Head Coach

Sean Cronin – Assistant Coach

Gerry Casey – Assistant Coach

James Neville – Team Manager

Mick Coughlan – Kit Manager

Robert Cassidy – Athletic Development Coach

Physio – Mark Melbourne

Fixtures 

v Ulster, Saturday August 12th, 2pm, Newforge

v Leinster, Sunday August 20th, 3pm, Fethard Town Park

v Ulster, Saturday August 26th, 2pm, Fethard Town Park

v Leinster, Wednesday August 30th, 2.30pm, Donnybrook

For information on our other age-grade representative squads, please click here.

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