19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
An injury-time try from substitute Greg Stafford saw Leinster 'A' steal a 39-33 win from under the noses of Ulster 'a" at Navan RFC on Friday night.
'A' INTERPROVINCIAL: Friday, September 30
Leinster 'A' 39 Ulster 'A' 33, Navan RFC
Scorers: Leinster 'A': Tries: Niall Ronan, Kevin McLaughlin, Ross McCarron, Alex Dunlop, Greg Stafford; Cons: Eoghan Hickey 4; Pens: Hickey 2
Ulster 'A': Tries: Isaac Boss, Stephen Ferris, Scott Young, Jonny Bell, Penalty try; Cons: Gareth Steenson 4
Leinster centre Stafford touched down in the closing minutes after a searing Stephen Grissing run to crown the victory for the Gerry Murphy-managed home side.
Former New Zealand Under-19 scrum-half Isaac Boss, who is Irish-qualified, made his debut in an Ulster shirt and scored a first half try. But despite this and a telling contribution from Boss's half-back partner Gareth Steenson, who converted four of Ulster's five tries, Leinster won out.
Murphy said afterwards: It was a fantastic game from a spectators' point of view in that it was very open. Both the Leinster and Ulster management teams would have learned a lot about their players.
It was an open attacking game with some mistakes but it was a very worthwhile outing.
UCD fly-half Eoghan Hickey kicked two penalties and converted both of Leinster's first half tries from Niall Ronan and Kevin McLaughlin for a 20-14 half-time lead.
The nip-and-tuck nature of the game continued into the second half as a Ross McCarron try answered back an early penalty from the visitors.
32-33 down, Leinster mounted a late attack down the left flank that conjured up Stafford's injury-time score. That was converted by the influential Hickey and a climatic end was brought to an enthralling ten-try encounter.
LEINSTER 'A': Ross McCarron; James Norton, Gary Brown, David McAllister, Brendan Burke; Eoghan Hickey, Brian O'Riordan; John Lyne, Conor Geoghegan, Emmett Byrne, Simon Crawford (Capt), Devin Toner, Cameron Jowitt, Niall Ronan, Kevin McLaughlin.
Replacements used: Stephen Grissing for Brown, Alex Dunlop for Ronan, Greg Stafford for Hickey, Nick Duffy for Byrne, N O'Meara for O'Riordan, Johnny Wickham for Lyne, Hickey for McAllister, Gavin O'Meara for Geoghegan.
ULSTER 'A': Scott Young; Paul McKenzie, Shane Stewart, Jonny Bell, Andrew Maxwell; Gareth Steenson, Isaac Boss; Gary Maxwell, Nigel Brady (Capt), Declan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Caldwell, Henry Head, Chris Henry, Oisin Hennessey, Stephen Ferris.
Replacements used: David Houston for Caldwell, Paul Marshall for Maxwell, Stuart Philpott for Boss, David Pollock for Steenson, Rod Moore for Brady, Glen Telford for Hennessey, Steenson for Bell.
Referee: Alan Lewis (IRFU)