On the 19th of March the IRFU announced the formal conclusion of the domestic rugby season on the grounds of public safety, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRFU has also acknowledged that this situation has placed some clubs in a difficult financial situation.

Irish Rugby has moved to ensure the survival of clubs by establishing the Club Continuity Fund.

The purpose of €500,000 fund is to provide grants to those clubs who are most at risk due to the pandemic. Such clubs may apply for a grant of up to €5,000.

A Club Continuity Fund Application Form has been issued directly to the Honorary Secretary of each club and is also available in the Club Funding section of the IRFU website. For more information on the application process – click here.

Sligo Grammar School 22             

Roscommon CBS 14       

Report by Kevin Egan

Sligo Grammar school will make the trip to the Sportsground for the Top Oil Connacht Senior Cup final for the first time in six years next month, after a hat-trick of tries from centre Hubert Gilvarry powered them to victory over Roscommon CBS in an enthralling semi-final clash played out at their home field this afternoon.

Roscommon CBS made history in 2019 by reaching their first ever Senior Cup final and they were quietly fancied coming into this contest, with ten of the team from that final on duty here today. Yet they were hesitant in the early stages and struggled to stay on the right side of referee Shane Toolan, with the first eight penalties of the game all going the way of the home side.

Kacper Palamarczuk was the dominant performer for the home side, leading the way in terms of tackles and carries, while he and Matthew O’Hara were outstanding in the lineout. After James Whelan was pinged for a crooked throw on his very first put in, the Grammar school had a 100% retention rate on their own throw, giving them a very solid platform on which to build this victory.

A kick from Gilvarry was the only score until the game seemed to turn decisively against the CBS in the 27th minute. Ireland international Jack Tucker was deemed to have tackled from an offside position as Sligo tried to drive over in the right corner, and after he was shown a yellow card, Sligo Grammar kicked for the corner, worked the ball through the phases and a powerful low dive from Gilvarry got him over the line.

The response from the CBS was outstanding, as they played some exceptional rugby in the lead up to half-time. Mark Purcell made good ground down the left touchline to set up an attacking platform in that corner, and with his first act after coming back out of the sin bin, Tucker drove over to cut the gap.

Purcell converted the try and immediately, the CBS were back on the front foot. Good work from Michael Dunne and Ryan O’Keeffe on the right wing helped them to work their way back up to the Sligo ’22 and when Sam Atumonyogo had to carry the ball back across his own line and touch down, they had a five-metre scrum in stoppage time.

Three phases later Darren Gately got over in the corner, and an immaculate touchline conversion from Purcell made it 14-10 at the interval.

With Sligo Grammar on the ropes, Roscommon CBS needed to put them away in the third quarter and they had their chances – three times they camped out on the Sligo goal line in that quarter, but some incredible defensive play from the home pack, with Palamarczuk again to the fore, held them out.

Having survived the onslaught, Sligo finally got back on the attack and they made it count, with Gilvarry again going over after a lovely sidestep in heavy traffic. That left Roscommon CBS with just over 15 minutes to save their season and they certainly put their shoulder to the wheel in their bid to do so, with flankers Lorcán Maher and Ciarán Corcoran getting through a mountain of work.

Sligo’s defensive play has been their trump card all year however and again their structure, focus and physical strength stood up to the test. They held play in the middle third of the field and as the CBS began to take occasional risks in a bid to try and make something happen, they left a sliver of light for Gilvarry to attack from their own 10 metre line.

The elusive centre didn’t need to be asked twice as he danced through two tackles and then sprinted for the try line, diving over to complete his hat-trick and set up a date with Garbally College on Wednesday week in Galway.

Scoring Sequence: Gilvarry pen, 20 mins, 3-0; Gilvarry try & con, 27 mins, 10-0; Tucker try & Purcell con, 34 mins, 10-7; Gately try & Purcell con, 35+2 mins, 10-14; Gilvarry try & con, 55 mins, 17-14; Gilvarry try, 70+1 mins, 22-14.

Sligo Grammar School: Isaac Ellison; Sam Atumonyogo, Hubert Gilvarry, William Whelan, Sean Ndego; Darragh Feehily, Jacob Fleming; Sean Nee, James Whelan, Mark Irwin; David John Barlow, Matthew O’Hara; Fiachra Staunton, Adam Hunter, Kacper Palamarczuk.

Subs used: Mark McGlynn for Atumonyogo (half-time), Tynan Maxwell for Irwin (70 mins).

Roscommon CBS: Michael Dunne; Ryan O’Keeffe, Cian Glennon, Mark Purcell, Kaylem Hollian; Darren Gately, Aodha Hession; Tom Farrell, Roddie McGuinness, Jack Tucker; Eoghan Kiernan, Ronan Lambe; Lorcán Maher, Ciarán Corcoran, Jack Keegan.

Sub. used: Anthony O’Gorman for Keegan (27 mins).

Referee: Shane Toolan

Garbally College 50

Marist College 5

By John O’Sullivan 

Garbally College powered their way into the Top Oil Connacht  Senior Schools Cup final with a resounding victory over Marist College on their home pitch.

With fly half Cian Treacy — who slotted five conversions and a penalty —  to the creative fore, the Ballinasloe school scored seven tries. Sean Horkan(2), Adam Fogarty(2), the Devine brothers, Matthew and John, and replacement tight-head Daithi Blackweir all touched down in an exhibition of awesome attacking rugby, played on an unseasonably sunny day.

Marist, meanwhile, scored the opening try of the afternoon from Nathaniel O’Neill but, from that point onwards, were outmatched across the board by their blue and white clad opponents.

With the dry weather maintaining hard underfoot conditions, there was the ideal platform for running rugby and Marist grabbed the initiative early. After only a minute of play, an enterprising move saw the ball swept wide to O’Neill on the right wing and the winger showed a turn of pace to touch down for the opening score. The conversion was wide, but the Athlone school would have been delighted with their start.

The concession of a try sparked a response from Garbally and a series of hard carries from their forwards yielded a penalty near Marist’s 22. Treacy, showing no nerves, duly slotted the kick to get his team on the board.

With their tails up and scrum half Devine adding tempo to the game at will, Garbally began turning the screw and their efforts were rewarded with a try on the 20 minute mark. A move starting deep in their own half saw Treacy throw a sumptuous pass into the path of Fogarty and the full back cantered in for the defending champions’ opening try. Treacy added the extras and Garbally established a 10-5 lead.

All the pressure was coming from the Galway men and despite the best efforts of the Marist defence — lead by Irish school boy international hooker Koronato Kiripati and lock Keelan Connolly — their second try came near the end of the first half.

Horkan ran a cutting inside line, meeting Treacy’s pass with perfect timing and speed, and stepped three would be tackles to touch down under the post, leaving the conversion a formality and sending Garbally into the interval with a 17-5 lead.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first ended and Garbally had their third try soon after the resumption. Benefitting from a platform provided to them by their pack’s territory gaining carries, Treacy — the blue and whites creative hub — floated a looping pass that found full back Fogarty in space on the left hand side and, showing great footwork, he evaded the cover defence to dot down for another try.

The floodgates were now opened and — despite Marist showing commendable character and never giving up — Garbally added four more second half tries; first from scrum half Devine, then his brother, centre John, tighthead Blackweir, Fogarty and finally Horkan, completing his brace.

Garbally team: 15-9(: A.Fogarty; S.Horkan; C.Goode, J.Devine; S.Hennessy; C.Treacy, M.Devine; 8-1(: J.Claffey, C.Lohan, K.Blackweir; P.Galvin, B.Feeney; S.Egan, J.Curley, R.Carry

Replacements: L.Feehily, J.Carry, D.Blackweir, L.Walsh, N.Cusack, N.Murphy, T.Fitzpatrick, A.O’Carroll.

Marist team: 15-9(: T.O’Brien; A.Donovan; M.Bryne, T.Shine; N.O’Neill; R.Fallon, A.Flanagan; 8-1(: L.Laoshvili, K.Kiripati, K.Egan; L.Fallon, K.Connolly; A.Burke, G.Daly, S.Fogarty.

Replacements: H.Cunniffe, D.Butler, D.Claffey, J.D.O’Shea, J.Henson, E.Frist, B.O’Carroll, F.McDonnell

 

Edinburgh Rugby stretched their lead at the top of Guinness PRO14 Conference B after defeating Connacht 41-14 at BT Murrayfield.

In a hard-fought and physically-draining contest it was Richard Cockerill’s men who prevailed, claiming a bonus-point success to tighten their grip at the top of the conference.

Connacht were hindered early on when a serious-looking injury to Finlay Bealham halted proceedings, with the prop replaced by Dominic Robertson-McCoy after only four minutes.

A pair of long-range kicks from Simon Hickey gave Edinburgh an early lead, before the hosts were awarded a penalty try after a solo break by Matt Scott which ended with Jack Carty frustratingly being sent to the sin bin.

From there Edinburgh took advantage of the extra man when Simon Berghan scored from short range to extend their lead.

However, Connacht’s relentless phase-play was awarded when Tiernan O’Halloran powered over on the stroke of half-time to reduce the deficit for the visitors.

When play got back under way, O’Halloran used his strength once again to good use as he registered both his and Connacht’s second try with a pick-and-go underneath the sticks.

With Connacht beginning to look more threatening Edinburgh hit back through prop Pierre Schoeman’s score, before Duhan van der Merwe claimed the all-important bonus-point try for the Scottish club.

A flurry of yellow cards towards the end to Edinburgh’s Eroni Sau and Nick Haining and Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson and Conor Fitzgerald ensured a frenetic finish with Cockerill’s men closing the game out with their second penalty try.

For Connacht a tricky assignment away to the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth awaits before the next home game against Scarlets on the 20th of March – Tickets available here.

Connacht Scorers:

Tries – Tiernan O’Halloran (2)

Conversions – Jack Carty (2)

(15-9): Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Kyle Godwin, Peter Robb (Tom Daly), John Porch, Jack Carty (Conor Fitzgerald), Kieran Marmion (Caolin Blade) (1-8): Denis Buckley (Paddy McAllister), Shane Delahunt (Jonny Murphy), Finlay Bealham (Dominic Robertson McCoy), Niall Murray (Eoghan Masterson), Joe Maksymiw, Paul Boyle (Eoin McKeon), Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (Capt).

 

Connacht 29

 Cardiff 0

Connacht delivered their best performance of the season so far – securing a bonus point win over conference rivals Cardiff and also managing to hold the Welsh side scorless over the eighty minutes. The result of the corresponding fixture last season secured a place in the knock out stages of the Pro14 and while there is a long way to go in this campaign, this result witnessed by 4,812 spectators in the Sportsground, could prove crucial come May.

Connacht exploded into this game and their physicality early on was a sign that Cardiff were going to have to fight on their hands if they were to get anything from the game. Jack Carty wrong footed the Cardiff defence on the ten metre line after two minutes and when he released Tiernan O’Halloran, a try looked on. Cardiff scrambled though and Connacht came away with just three points from a Carty penalty with 5 minutes on the clock.

The home side were dominating the territory in the opening quarter but a number of errors meant that it was the 27th minutes before they got on the scoresheet again. It was Dave Heffernan who collected an overthrow in the Cardiff lineout and he beat three defenders to get the opening try of the game which Jack Carty duly converted. That left Connacht 10 – 0 up at the half hour mark.

Three minutes later and more was to come for the Connacht as a clever grubber kick from Carty bounced nicely for Peter Robb and he drove over in the corner. That was to prove the final score of the opening half as Connacht held onto their 15 – 0 lead.

The initial exchanges of the second half saw Cardiff coming more and more into this game aided it must be said by a succession of penalties in their favour. A brilliant break by Denis Buckley on the 50 minute mark though dented punished Cardiff. His offload to John Porch gave the flying winger a free run in under the posts and Carty’s resulting conversion effectively ended the game as a contest due to a 22 points to nil cushion.

Any suggestion of a Cardiff comeback were completely dashed nine minutes later when Kyle Godwin intercepted a ball on his own ten metre line and raced the length of the pitch to register the bonus point that could prove crucial in deciding this conference come the end of the season.

So it finished with no score in the final quarter as the visitors failed to fire a shot. For Connacht there are away trips against Edinburgh and the Southern Kings with the Scarlets the next visitors to the Sportsground on the 20th of March – Get tickets here.

Connacht Scorers:

Tries – Dave Heffernan, Peter Robb, John Porch and Kyle Godwin

Penalties – Carty 1/1

Conversions – Carty 3/4

(15-9): Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Kyle Godwin, Peter Robb (60’ Tom Daly), Matt Healy, Jack (67’ Conor Fitzgerald) , Kieran Marmion (56’ Caolin Blade) (1-8): Paddy McAllister (49’ Denis Buckley), Dave Heffernan (62’ Shane Delahunt), Finlay Bealham (57’ Dominic Robertson-McCoy), Ultan Dillane, Gavin Thornbury (35’ Joe Maksymiw), Paul Boyle (67’ Eoin McKeon), Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (Capt).

 

Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend has said that he and his team are relishing the challenge of Cardiff in the Sportsground on February 15th after a two week rest period for the squad.
 
The break came after a 13 week in a row run of games that included six Champions Cup games and four interpros in the Pro14.
 
“We went into the break with a strong performance away to Montpellier and while it ended in defeat, we did take a lot of positives from that game. There’s no doubt, that 13 week block did stretch us but the two week break means that the boys come back fresh and ready to challenge for a top three spot in the Pro14. I know we are all really relishing the challenge”, Friend said.
 
Cardiff were the visitors to the Sportsground last season when Connacht secured Champions Cup qualification with a win in that corresponding fixture back in April.
 
In the first installment of the “final five” home games of the season, Friend knows all too well the importance of winning as many home games as possible, especially against Conference rivals;
 
“We are sitting mid table in our conference and it’s a very tight conference but we still have a lot of work to do there. We still have to play Cardiff and Edinburgh twice and Scarlets at home, as well as Benetton away. With all of those teams in our conference its very much all to play for over the next few weeks”, the Head Coach added.
 
The break has also meant that some players carrying injuries have got valuable recovery time, with a number of players eyeing a return to action in the coming weeks.
 
“We can’t say who will be fully fit and available for the Cardiff game but Finlay Bealham, Quinn Roux and Darragh Leader have all been progressing well and will hopefully feature in the next few weeks”.
 
Tickets for the clash with Cardiff on February 15th are available here.
 

Connacht have released tickets for their final five home games at the Sportsground this season.

The run in to the end of the Guinness Pro14 season sees a series of five mouth-watering games with Andy Friend’s side face off against Conference rivals Cardiff, Scarlets and Edinburgh as well as last year’s finalists Glasgow Warriors and interprovincial rivals Ulster.

With Connacht aiming to reach the knock out stages of the Pro14 and retain their Champions Cup status next season, these home games will be pivotal to their ambitions.

With the squad currently recovering after a gruelling 13 week run of games, they will first return to action against Cardiff on Saturday 15th of February. There has been a huge rivalry between the two sides over the past few seasons with Connacht’s qualification to the Champions Cup secured in the corresponding fixture last season.

The big fixture in March will be another “10 pointer” against the Scarlets, another side who left the Sportsground last season with a loss. The Welsh side have been flying high this season and will go into the game with a host of players returning from international duty.

There are two big games in April. Firstly, on Friday the 10th, Glasgow Warriors will be the visitors, to Galway where they have got the upper hand over the past few seasons. Then on Saturday the 25th, Ulster are the visitors to the Sportsground. This is a rivalry that needs no promotion, and another sell out crowd will be hoping to witness a victory for Connacht in this fixture for the third season in a row.

The final home game of the season is likely to be a season defining one for both Connacht and Edinburgh on Saturday 16th of May. With Conference B in the Pro14 extremely tight, a win here could ultimately decide who marches onto the playoffs and qualifies for Champions Cup rugby next season.

Montpellier 35

Connacht 29

With the clock in the red, French Top 14 side Montpellier held on to a six point lead as Connacht drove at their line in search of their fifth try in this enthralling Champions Cup game. The hosts had to fight all the way in this exciting encounter as the sides went in level at the break, after Connacht clawed back a 21 points to 0 deficit after 30 minutes.

With Connacht winning the corresponding game in the Sportsground back in November, this one was always going to go down to the wire. In that round one clash, Montpellier got on the scoresheet in the first three minutes and the script looked like repeating itself when Levan Chilachava raced onto a pass and touched down by that three minute mark this time around. This prompted a reaction as Connacht settled into the game and gave as good as they got, with captain Jarrad Butler and Bundee Aki in particular putting in some huge tackles early on.

Just as Connacht were growing into this game though Montpellier hit them with two converted tries in three minutes, both from winger Gabriel N’gandebe. To Connacht’s credit though, instead of dropping their heads as the second try went in on 28 minutes, they dug deep and started to play some of the most attacking, open rugby they have produced all season.

In the 35th minute Matt Healy got a ball out wide and had plenty to do before touching down. Straight from the kick off, Connacht were flying down the opposite wing and John Porch touched down with his finger tips from what seemed like an impossible angle. Carty’s successful conversion from the touchline put Connacht within a converted try. The away side then struck parity on the stroke of half time when Kieran Marmion was released, and he raced in under the posts.

Amazingly on the 44 minute mark, Connacht had secured a bonus point try when Kyle Godwin beat two defenders after taking a pass on the Montpellier 22. Montpellier were quick to respond with their fourth, which they converted after 52 minutes to nudge back into the lead. Connacht went toe to toe with the powerful French outfit and going into the final quarter they regained the lead through a Jack Carty penalty. Crucially though this was to be Connacht’s final score and when Montpellier got in for their fifth try of the day with three minutes remaining, a Connacht victory looked unlikely.

Connacht did what they did all day though and kept battling. John Porch bravely claimed the restart and the high tackle on him resulted in a Connacht penalty and a launch pad for a final effort at the Montpellier. Unfortunately, though the home side held on and won out on a 35 points to 29 scoreline.

So this result marks the end of Connacht’s Champions Cup season but their six outings in the competition showed that they are certainly not out of place in the top tier of European rugby. The challenge now turns back to the Pro14 and the visit of Cardiff to the Sportsground on the 15th of February – a must win fixture against their conference rivals (Get tickets here).

Connacht Scorers –

Tries: Matt Healy, John Porch, Kieran Marmion and Kyle Godwin

Penalties: Jack Carty (1)

Conversions: Jack Carty (3 from 4)

Connacht: T O’Halloran, J Porch, K Godwin, B Aki, M Healy, J Carty, K Marmion, P McAllister, D Heffernan, D Robertson-McCoy, J Maksymiw, G Thornbury, E Masterson, C Faianga’a, J Butler (c).

 

Replacements: J Murphy, D Buckley for McAllister (49), E McKeon for Materson (53), C Blade for Marmion (54), T Daly for O’Halloran (57m) N Murray for Maksymiw (58m), C Kenny for Robertson-McCoy( 63), J Murphy for Heffernan (68), Robertson-McCoy for Heffernan and C Fitzgerald for Carty (70).

Ireland international Kieran Marmion has recovered from a back injury to take his place on Connacht’s starting team for the Champions Cup clash away to Montpellier on Sunday (Kick off 3:15pm Irish Time).

The scrum half hasn’t played for Connacht since the win over Ospreys in the Sportsground at the beginning of November. Marmion’s inclusion sees him renew his half back partnership with fellow international Jack Carty.

Elsewhere in the backline, Kyle Godwin comes into the Connacht midfield to partner Bundee Aki. While in the back three Tiernan O’Halloran is named at fullback with John Porch and Connacht’s record try scorer Matt Healy on the wings.

In the forwards, hooker Dave Heffernan who was named in Andy Farrell’s first Six Nations squad during the week, starts alongside props Paddy McAllister and Dominic Robertson McCoy. In the second row Joe Maksymiw and Gavin Thornbury are both selected in the second row, with 20 year old Niall Murray among the replacements.

In the backrow, Eoghan Masterson comes in at blindside with Colby Fainga’a at openside and Captain Jarrad Butler at number 8.

Commenting ahead of the game, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We had a great win over Montpellier in the opening round but we are under no illusion that the return leg will be a huge challenge. We have picked a strong side and are aiming to win the game and regain some momentum ahead of an important block of games coming in the Pro14”.

“We are delighted to see Kieran Marmion back from injury. He has been out since November and has worked really hard to get back on the field. His experience alongside Jack Carty, will be a boost to us on Sunday”.

Connacht Matchday Squad V Montpellier (Sun 19 Dec, 3:15pm Irish Time)

(15-9): Tiernan O’Halloran, John Porch, Kyle Godwin, Bundee Aki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion (1-8): Paddy McAllister, Dave Heffernan, Dominic Robertson McCoy, Joe Maksymiw, Gavin Thornbury, Eoghan Masterson, Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (Capt).

Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Denis Buckley, Conor Kenny, Niall Murray, Eoin McKeon, Caolin Blade, Conor Fitzgerald, Tom Daly.

Dave Heffernan, Ultan Dillane and Bundee Aki have all been included in Andy Farrell’s first Six Nations squad announced today. Ballina native Heffernan has previously been capped for his country, featuring against the USA in the 2017 summer tour. He was recently included in Andy Farrell’s squad gathering over the Christmas period.

The Ireland Head Coach also confirmed that Leinster’s Johnny Sexton will take over the Ireland captaincy.

There are five uncapped players named in the squad with Ulster’s Billy Burns and Tom O’Toole and the Leinster trio Max Deegan, Caelan Doris and Ronan Kelleher.

The coaching group have also named four development players Ryan Baird, Robert Balacoune, Harry Byrne and Will Connors who will train with the squad at the warm weather camp in Portugal and in the lead up to the opening game against Scotland.

Andy Farrell, Ireland head coach commented, “At the get together in December we challenged the players to put their hands up for the selection and the coaches are really pleased with the performances in recent weeks.  

As we progress through the Championship we will look to select sides that we believe are best suited to the task at the weekend.  We will keep a close eye on the provincial performances in the PRO14 not just for the players in the squad that will transition back for game minutes but also for those players that were part of the wider selection discussions over the past few weeks.  

We have appointed Johnny as captain for the 6 Nations Championships, you can see what it means to him and the enthusiasm he will bring to the role.  He has been developing as a leader for a number of years with Ireland, Leinster and the Lions and he will be a positive voice for the group.

The provinces are doing a great job in developing young talent and we feel there is an opportunity in the national set-up to support that work and get a better insight into some young players that have put in strong performances for their provinces. Ryan, Will, Harry and Robert will be the first ones to join the squad in this development role.”

Ireland open their 2020 Guinness Six nations campaign against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 1st February before welcoming Wales to the Aviva a week later on Saturday 8th February.  Ireland’s final home game of the 2020 Championships is against Italy on Saturday 7th March.  All three home fixtures are sold out.

IRELAND 2020 Guinness Six Nations Squad

Forwards (19)

Max Deegan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 0 caps

Caelan Doris (UCD/Leinster) 0 caps

Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 14 caps

Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 41 caps

Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 95 caps

Dave Heffernan (Buccaneers/Connacht) 1 cap

Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 53 caps

Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 8 caps

Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 0 caps

Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 36 caps

Jack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Ulster) 56 caps

Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) 2 caps

Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 64 caps

Tom O’Toole (Banbridge/Ulster) 0 caps

Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 23 caps

James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 23 caps

CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 38 caps

Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 67 caps

Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 23 caps

 

Backs (16)

Will Addison (Enniskillen/Ulster) 4 caps

Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 23 caps

Billy Burns (Ulster) 0 caps

Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 3 caps

Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 18 caps

John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 8 caps

Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 82 caps

Chris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 9 caps

Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 40 caps

Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 19 caps

Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 21 caps

Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 19 caps

Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 78 caps

Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 28 caps

Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 88 caps CAPTAIN

Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 25 caps

 

Development Players

Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster)

Robert Balacoune (Enniskillen/Ulster)

Harry Byrne (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Will Connors (UCD/Leinster)

 

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