A 26-man Ireland Under-18 Schools squad has been named for the upcoming U-18 Six Nations Festival which takes place in Gloucester and Worcester from next week.
Six players who lined out for Ireland in last year’s U-18 Festival are included – Nathan Doak, son of former Ulster player and coach Neil, Karl Martin, Tom Stewart, Alex Kendellen, Ben Murphy, son of Ireland skills and kicking coach Richie, and Chris Cosgrave.
Peter Smyth’s Ireland U-18 Schools squad will face France in Hartpury this Saturday, tournament hosts England at Sixways Stadium on Wednesday week (April 17), and will finish the festival at Kingsholm Stadium on Easter Sunday against Wales. Smyth, who is in his second season as head coach, will be assisted by Mossy Lawler and Colm McMahon.
IRELAND UNDER-18 SCHOOLS
Backs (12): Ben Carson (Wallace High School/Ulster), Chris Cosgrave (St. Michael’s College/Leinster), Nathan Doak (Wallace High School/Ulster), Shane Jennings (Garbally College/Connacht), Diarmuid Killcommins (Coláiste Bhaile Chláir/Connacht), Aaron Leahy (CBC Cork/Munster), Conor McKee (Sullivan Upper School/Ulster), Karl Martin (St. Mary’s School Drogheda/Leinster), Ben Murphy (Presentation College Bray/Leinster), Harry O’Riordan (CBC Cork/Munster), Jamie Osborne (Naas CBS/Leinster), Cian Whooley (CBC Cork/Munster)
Forwards (14): Lee Barron (St. Michael’s College/Leinster), Jack Boyle (St. Michael’s College/Leinster), Donnacha Byrne (Summerhill College/Connacht), Reuben Crothers (Wallace High School/Ulster), Mark Donnelly (CBC Cork/Munster), Oscar Egan (Coleraine Grammar School/Ulster), Will Hickey (St. Michael’s College/Leinster), Alexander Kendellen (PBC Cork/Munster), Diarmuid McCormack (Clongowes Wood College/Connacht), Oisin McCormack (Garbally College/Connacht), Darragh Murray (Colaiste Chiaran/Connacht), George Saunderson (Sullivan Upper School/Ulster), Alex Soroka (Belvedere College/Leinster), Tom Stewart (Belfast Royal Academy/Ulster)