5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland U19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday 14th December has been announced.
The brightest young talent in European rugby will showcase their skills across the nine matches of the festival, which will be played from March 24th to April 1st.
Festival matches will be played at Musgrave Park, UCC's Mardyke ground, Cork Constitution and Highfield, with Ireland kicking off the festival under floodlights at Musgrave Park against Wales on Wednesday, March 26.
Admission to the festival matches is free and rugby supporters from across Ireland are encouraged to come out and seet the stars of the future in action.
Commenting on the hosting of the festival in Cork and the The Bowen Group sponsorship, IRFU President Der Healy said: "I have no doubt that all those involved in rugby in Cork and throughout Munster will take great pleasure in welcoming the visiting teams and spectators to this proud rugby region for what promises to be a great celebration of the game we all love, played by the best young talent from across Europe.
"We are especially pleased to have The Bowen Group come on board as the official festival sponsor. As one of Ireland's leading construction organisations, The Bowen Group will lend strong and passionate support to ensuring that the event is a great success, and that rugby in general continues to thrive throughout the country."