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Ireland U-18 Clubs Side Set For Ashbourne Clash

Ireland U-18 Clubs Side Set For Ashbourne Clash

The Ireland Under-18 Clubs team, sponsored by PwC, face a stiff test this Sunday when they play a combined Under-18 Clubs and Schools side from England at Ashbourne RFC (kick-off 11.30pm).

Ireland ran out impressive 54-0 winners over Germany Under-18s last month in Berlin and there is only one injury-enforced change to the squad.

Longford scrum half Finbarr McGowan picked up an injury early in that game and his place in the squad is taken by Barry Digby from Buccaneers.

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Eoghan Masterson of Portlaoise will again captain the side.

IRELAND UNDER-18 CLUBS Squad (v Combined England U-18 Clubs/Schools XV, Ashbourne RFC, Sunday, April 10, kick-off 11.30am):

Liam Bourke (Navan/Leinster)
Kieran Butler (New Ross/Leinster)
Adam Byrne (Naas/Leinster)
Thomas Daly (Carlow/Leinster)
Jamie Dever (Westport/Connacht)
Barry Digby (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Ultan Dillane (Tralee/Munster)
Conal Doherty (City of Derry/Ulster)
Peter Dooley (Birr/Leinster)
Conor Fitzgibbon (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Tom Flynn (Epsom College/Cobham RFC/Exiles)
Ryan Furniss (Worcester College/Worcester Warriors/Exiles)
Cronan Gleeson (Nenagh Ormond/Munster)
Conor Joyce (Solihull School/Leicester Tigers/Exiles)
Akhlaque Khan (Navan/Leinster)
Eoghan Masterson (Portlaoise/Leinster) (capt)
George McGuigan (Gosforth Academy/Newcastle Falcons/Exiles)
Sean O’Brien (Galwegians/Connacht)
Dave O’Connell (Old Christians/Munster)
Josh O’Rourke (De La Salle Palmerston/Leinster)
David Panter (St. Paul’s College/London Irish/Exiles)
Eoin Stynes (Carlow/Leinster)
Cillian Walsh (Killarney/Munster)

Ireland Management Team:

Willie Gribben – Manager
Greg Lynch – Head Coach
Jimmy Duffy – Assistant Coach (Forwards)
Wayne Mitchell – Assistant Coach (Backs)
Joe McGinley – Conditioning Coach
Brett Igoe – Video Analyst
David Hanly – Physiotherapist
John Quinlan – Doctor
Tom Nyhan – Team Assistant