5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland Under-19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday week (December 14) has been announced.
Certain Unions have recently indicated that, largely for financial reason, they would not be fielding an "A" team during the coming season. Despite the wish of the remaining Unions to continue, it was eventually recognised and agreed unanimously that a suspension of "A" team matches was the sensible approach.
The Committee remains committed to international competition below full national team level, and the Under 21 tournament in particular, is recognised as an essential element of the season. However, a full review of the future of the "A" team and other sub full national team matches will be undertaken during the coming months to determine what continuing part they have within the international rugby calendar.