12 Dec, 11:30
The Ireland Under-19 team to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill this Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm) has been announced.
Further announcements were that former Ireland coach, Gerry Murphy, joins Bobby Byrne and Roly Meates as assistant coaches. Murphy, a teacher in Terenure College is a former Irish coach who has also coached Terenure, Clontarf and Wanderers.
There is a Terenure link between Murphy and Byrne, as both have coached there. Byrne is a rarity in having captained three club sides - UCD, Blackrock and Terenure - in his playing days. He has also been highly involved in the schools and student scene having coached the Leinster and Irish Schools, UCD and the Irish Students. Byrne has also been teaching, in Gonzaga, and is taking a career break to take up the position.
Reggie Corrigan has been confirmed as captain, with Brian O'Driscoll, Keith Gleeson, Leo Cullen and Shane Jennings named as vice-captains.
Leinster Rugby CEO, Mick Dawson, confirmed that the Lions suffix has been deleted. Leinster will henceforth be designated as Leinster Rugby.
Full Leinster Rugby management team:Team Manager: Paul McNaughton Director of Rugby: Declan Kidney Assistant Coaches: Bobby Byrne, Roly Meates, Gerry Murphy Strength Coach: Dave Fagan Fitness Coach: Jason Cowman Operations Manager: David McHugh Technical Analyst: Emmet Farrell Team Doctors: Arthur Tanner, Jim McShane Physiotherapist: Frances Davis Physiotherapist: TBA Team Masseur: Tony Coffey Kit Manager: John O'Hagan