PwC Ireland U20 coach Mike Ruddock has named a panel of 28 players for the 2014 RBS U20 6 Nations Championship and three Connacht Academy players have been included. Rory Moloney (flanker), Sean O’Brien (lock/back row) and Jacob Walshe (prop) have all impressed in year 1 of the Academy under the tutelage of Nigel Carolan and have featured for the Connacht Eagles side in the British & Irish Cup and interpro games.

Two players – Peter Dooley (Lansdowne FC) and Peadar Timmins (UCD) are retained from last year’s squad with the majority of the players looking forward to making their 6 Nations debuts. UCD flanker Dan Leavy has been installed as squad captain.

Leavy played four times for the U20s in last year’s U20 IRB World Cup and he is another who is set to make his 6 Nations debut this spring. Five other players selected who featured in last year’s World Cup are Peter Dooley (Lansdowne FC), Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians RFC), Adam Byrne (UCD), Alex Wootton (Garryowen) and Peader Timmins (UCD).

Seven of Leavy’s UCD contemporaries are also in the squad – Ross Byrne, Adam Byrne, Billy Dardis, Nick McCarthy, Ross Molony, Gary Ringrose and Peadar Timmins.  Lansdowne FC have seven players named in the squad – Shane Delahunt, Peter Dooley, Ian Fitzpatrick, Stephen Gardiner, Oisin Heffernan, Cian Kelleher and Conor McKeon while Cork Constitution FC (Max Abbott & Rory Burke) and Buccaneers RFC (Rory Moloney & Jacob Walshe) both have two players selected.

Harrison Brewer (Terenure College RFC) the son of Mike Brewer, the 32 time capped All Black, has also been named in the squad.  In 2013, the Ireland U20s finished in third place in the RBS 6 Nations Championship with two wins and a draw.

PwC U20 Head Coach, Mike Ruddock, commented, “We have a very competitive group this year with a number of players gathering invaluable experience with provincial A sides and in the Ulster Bank League.  We have a good record at Dubarry Park and we will be looking to build on strong home form ahead of two difficult away fixtures.”

Damian Byrne, Partner, PwC, also commented: “Having the right talent working together is critical to success in sport and in business.  We are committed to supporting the development of Irish Rugby through our sponsorship of the Under 20 team and wish them every success in their upcoming 2014 RBS Six Nations Championship.”

PwC IRELAND U20 Squad for RBS U20 6 Nations Championship
Max Abbott (Cork Constitution FC – MUNSTER)
Harrison Brewer (Terenure College RFC – LEINSTER)
Rory Burke (Cork Constitution FC – MUNSTER)
David Busby (QUB RFC – ULSTER)
Ross Byrne (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
Adam Byrne (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
Jack Cullen (Bruff RFC – MUNSTER)
William Dardis (UCD RFC– LEINSTER)
Shane Delahunt (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
Peter Dooley (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
Stephen Gardiner (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
Dan Goggin (Young Munster RFC – MUNSTER)
Oisin Heffernan (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
Dan Leavy (UCD RFC – LEINSTER) Capt.
Nick McCarthy (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
Conor McKeon (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
Rory Moloney (Buccaneers RFC – CONNACHT)
Ross Molony (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
Sean O’Brien (Galwegians RFC – CONNACHT)
Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians RFC – MUNSTER)
Gary Ringrose (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
Peter Robb (Old Belvedere RFC – LEINSTER)
Frankie Taggart (Belfast Harlequins – ULSTER)
Peadar Timmins (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
Jacob Walshe (Buccaneers RFC – CONNACHT)
Alex Wootton (Garryowen – MUNSTER)

PwC IRELAND U20 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures
IRELAND U20s v Scotland U20s
Dubarry Park; 19:05
Friday 31st January, 2014

IRELAND U20s v Wales U20s
Dubarry Park; 19:35
Friday 7th February, 2014

England U20s v IRELAND U20s
Franklin’s Gardens: 18:15
Saturday 22nd February, 2014

IRELAND U20s v Italy U20s
Dubarry Park; 19:05
Friday 7th March, 2014

France U20s v IRELAND U20s
Maurice Trelut; 20:55
Friday 14th March, 2014

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