The Ireland Under-19 side will take on their Australian counterparts in their first fixture of the season. The game will take place next Wednesday (December 2) at Cork IT under floodlights with a 7.30pm kick-off.
The Ireland Under-19s are coached by Allen Clarke who is assisted by Colin McEntee and Jonathan Bell. The side will be captained by Blackrock’s Jordi Murphy.
Speaking ahead of the game, coach Clarke said: “The Under-19s is an integral part of the National Representative Pathway. As a nation, it is our first combined age grade side.
“The match against Australia provides a unique occasion to measure our young Irish talent against the best from the southern Hemisphere.
“It also offers Irish rugby the opportunity to benchmark the quality of our Elite Player Development programmes and the quality of this year’s group leading into next year’s Under-20 Six Nations and Junior World Championship tournaments.”
IRELAND UNDER-19 Squad (v Australia U-19, Cork IT, Wednesday, December 2, kick-off 7.30pm):
Mark Dolan – Marist College, Athlone
Peter Du Toit – UCD
James McKinney – Queen’s University
Luke Marshall – Ballymena
Corey Hircock – Bedford Blues
Alex Kelly – St. Michael’s College
Brendan Macken – Blackrock
Tiernan O’Halloran – Galwegians
Andrew Conway – Blackrock
Gareth Quinn McDonagh – Shannon
James Tracy – Newbridge
Louis Padian – Worcester Warriors/Exiles
David Doyle – UCD
Kevin O’Byrne – Highfield
Martin Moore – Lansdowne
Paul Mullen – King’s Hospital
Simon Hanbidge – CBC, Cork
David O’Mahony – PBC, Cork
Conor McDermott – Trinity College
Jordi Murphy – Blackrock (capt)
Aaron Conneely – Colaiste Iognaid
Eoin McKeon – Colaiste Iognaid
Dominic Gallagher – Trinity College