The Irish Provincial Youth selection will undertake a brief tour to Languedoc/Roussillon as part of their build-up to the forthcoming Under-18 European Championships in Treviso, Italy.
The Provincial Youth squad will play two matches against a Languedoc/Roussillon XV. The links with the region were established last year when Garryowen represented Ireland as part of the Languedoc/Roussillon International Amateur tournament.
Team manager Willie Gribben sees these two games as a vital part of the build-up to the European Championships.
Last season the Provincial Youth Select team did exceptionally well in the European Championships with victories over Georgia and England powering them through to the final, where they lost narrowly to a strong French side in a penalty shoot-out.
The Provincial Youth selection will be coached by Greg Lynch with the assistance of James Duffy.
This year the FIRA Under-18 European Championships will take place in Treviso, Italy from March 15 to 23.
Provincial Youth Squad:
Luke O’Dea (Shannon), Michael Lawton (Ards), Tchad Collins Francois (Truro College), Kailyn Domican (Naas), Eoin Griffin (Corinthians), Andrew Boyle (St Brigid’s), David Lynch (Naas), Ben Doyle (Wicklow) Gavin Nyawata (Kilkenny), CallumMcKie (Brentwood), Niall Earls (Wicklow), Nathan Mc Mullan (Rainey OB), Adam Kennedy (Buccaneers)
Josh Bennett (Gloucester), James Stephenson (London Irish), Dominic Gallagher (Lisburn), Dean Landy (Carrick on Suir), James Simpson (Ballynahinch), Charlie Armstrong (Truro), Shane Casey (Castlebar), Declan Farrell (Leeds Carnegie), Kark Egan (Corinthiams), Paul Molloy (Waterpark), Kieran Brookes (Fylde), James Robinson (Corinthians), JP Cooney (Thurles).
Languedoc/Roussillon XV v Irish Provincial Youth Select
Date: Friday, February 8, 2008
Venue: Gruissan (10km from Narbonne)
Languedoc/Roussillon v Irish Provincial Youth Select
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2008
Venue: Tuchan (50km from Narbonne)