The two previous trips to Australia by the Irish Schools team in 1996 and 2000 were highly successful as the tourists remained undefeated on both occasions, including the test matches against their Australian counterparts.
The 1996 side contained future internationals Peter Stringer, Ciaran Scally, Robert Casey and Leo Cullen. The 2000 team was captained by Ireland'snewest International player, Gavan Duffy, who made his full Ireland debut when coming on for the injured Girvan Dempsey in Ireland's game against South Africa in Cape Town.
The 2004 team will take part in a training camp this weekend in Kings Hospital School before departing the following weekend.
Backs: Joe Burns (Coleraine A.I.), Fionn Carr (Newbridge College), DarrenCave (Sullivan Upper School), Conan Doyle (Ard Scoil Ris), Rory Drysdale(Belfast Royal Academy), Tom Gleeson (PBC Cork), Conor Guildea (TerenureCollege), Robert Kearney (Clongowes Wood College), Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College), Peter Shallow ( Rockwell College), Jonathan Shortt (CBCCork), Duncan Williams (CBC Cork).
Forwards: Paul Collins (Templeogue College), Jamie Cornett (Royal SchoolArmagh), Sean Cronin (Ard Scoil Ris), Michael Essex (CBC Cork), BillyHolland (CBC Cork), Darragh Hurley (CBC Cork), Diarmuid Laffan (BlackrockCollege), Gary Mitchell (Royal Belfast A.I.), Barry O'Mahony (CrescentCollege), Gavin O'Meara (St Mary's College), Darren O'Reilly (BlackrockCollege), David Pollock (Royal School Dungannon), Devin Toner (CastlenockCollege), Gary Walsh (Blackrock College).