The Connacht/Munster team to play Leinster/Ulster in the O2 Challenge, the opening game at the Aviva Stadium, has been named.
The Connacht/Munster selection will be captained from scrum half by Connacht’s Mark Dolan, who was in the Ireland U-18 Club side in 2009.
The back three sees Callum Boland, another Ireland U-18 Club player, at full back with Tadhg Leader on the right wing and fellow Connacht player Shane Leydon on the left.
In the centre former Ireland U-18 Schools player Ben Sargent is joined by 2010 Munster Schools Cup winner Daniel Horgan.
Dolan is joined in the half backs by Munster ‘A’ player Johnny Holland.
Up front Sligo’s Aaron Spring will prop down alongside Paul Mullen and Kieran Stokes from Munster.
The second row comprises two more 2010 Munster Schools Cup winners with Rob O’Herlihy and David O’Mahony reprising their Pres partnership.
Garryowen’s Shane Buckley will pack down at blind side with Ireland U-18 schools representatives Aaron Conneely and Danny Qualter.
Connacht/Munster Team & Replacements (O2 Challenge, Aviva Stadium, Saturday July 31st, 2:30pm)
15. Callum Boland (Connacht)
14. Tadhg Leader (Connacht)
13. Daniel Horgan (Munster)
12. Ben Sargent (Munster)
11. Shane Leydon (Connacht)
10. Johnny Holland (Munster)
9. Mark Dolan (Connacht) Captain
1. Aaron Spring (Connacht)
2. Kieran Stokes (Munster)
3. Paul Mullen (Munster)
4. Rob O’Herlihy (Munster)
5. David O’Mahony (Munster)
6. Shane Buckley (Munster)
7. Aaron Conneely (Connacht)
8. Danny Qualter (Connacht)
16. James Rael (Munster)
17. Sean Wooton (Connacht)
18. Ian Mullarkey (Munster)
19. David Heffernan (Connacht)
20. Ronan Barry (Munster)
21. Gareth Quinn-McDonogh (Munster)
22. Jack Costigan (Munster)
23. Cathal Quinn (Munster)