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Ireland Development Team To Play France U-19s

Ireland Development Team To Play France U-19s

An Ireland Under-19/Under-20 development team has been named to for their match on Thursday night against a France Under-19 selection in Besançon, which is located 50km east of Dijon.

Thursday’s match against France is the second of two annual fixtures which allow the IRFU to benchmark individuals as well as the quality of the player development cycle.

The slected Ireland team is made up of the best Under-19 players (as per January 1 IRB regulations) from schools and clubs.

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The side, led by Clongowes Wood’s Conor Gilsenan, is coached by Leinster Academy manager Colin McEntee and Ulster’s Jonny Bell.

IRELAND UNDER-19/UNDER-20 DEVELOPMENT Team & Replacements (v France Under-19 XV, Underage International Match, Stade Léo Lagrange, Besançon, Thursday, April 21, 7pm local time/6pm Irish time):

15 – Peter Nelson (Royal School Dungannon/Ulster)
14 – Conor Finn (Cistercian College Roscrea/Connacht)
13 – Stephen Murphy (Gonzaga School/Leinster)
12 – Shane Layden (Carrick-on-Shannon/Connacht)
11 – Barry Daly (Gonzaga College/Leinster)
10 – Cathal Marsh (Dublin University/Leinster)
9 – Kieran Marmion (UWIC/Exile)
1 – Des Merrey (Clontarf/Leinster)
2 – Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster)
3 – Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
4 – Darren O’Shea (Bruce College/Munster)
5 – Iain Henderson (Queen’s University/Ulster)
6 – Jack Conan (St. Gerard’s School/Leinster)
7 – Conor Gilsenan (Clongowes Wood College/Leinster) (capt)
8 – Jordan Coughlan (Clongowes Wood College/Leinster)


16 – Johnny Murphy (Banbridge/Ulster)
17 – Ryan Jablonski (London Irish/Exiles)
18 – Rory Harrison (UCD/Ulster)
19 – Brian Moylett (Lansdowne/Connacht)
20 – Charles Gallagher (Campbell College/Ulster)
21 – Conor Spence (Queen’s University/Ulster)
22 – Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht)
23 – Tadhg Leader (Galwegians/Connacht)

Ireland U-19/U-20 Development XV Management:

Manager – Barney McGonigle
Head Coach – Colin McEntee
Assistant Coach – Jonny Bell
Doctor – Tim O’Flanagan
Physio – Barry Smith
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Sami Dowling
Team Assistant – Pat Downey