The Ireland Under-18 Clubs team – sponsored by PwC – to face Italy has been announced by head coach Wayne Mitchell. The capped game takes place at the Stadio G. Maini in Colorno, Italy on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm local time/1.30pm Irish time).
The Ireland starting line-up is made up of players from 15 different clubs with Ardee’s Neil Reilly captaining the side from number 8.
There are four Exiles in the team – Jake Byrne (Northampton Saints), Hugh Sloan (Bath), Brett Connon (Newcastle Falcons) and Kieran Joyce (Sillihans).
Navan RFC are the only club with two representatives in the matchday 23 – openside flanker Conor Farrell and scrum half Conor Hand.
IRELAND UNDER-18 CLUBS Team & Replacements (v Italy, Under-18 International Match, Stadio G. Maini, Colorno, Saturday, February 15, kick-off 2.30pm local time/1.30pm Irish time):
15. Ciaran Frawley (Skerries RFC/Leinster)
14. Patrick Daly (Ballinrobe RFC/Connacht)
13. Ronan Wallace (Mullingar RFC/Leinster)
12. Kieran Joyce (Silhillians RFC/Exile)
11. Brian Fanning (Bruff RFC/Munster)
10. Brett Connon (Newcastle Falcons/Exile)
9. Andrew Feeney (Suttonians RFC/Leinster)
1. Philip Poillot (Clonakilty RFC/Munster)
2. Dylan Power (Waterpark RFC/Munster)
3. Jake Byrne (Northampton Saints/Exile)
4. Hugh Sloan (Bath RFC/Exile)
5. Sean O’Leary (Midleton RFC/Munster)
6. Matthew Cosgrove (Sligo RFC/Connacht)
7. Conor Farrell (Navan RFC/Leinster)
8. Neil Reilly (Ardee RFC/Leinster) (capt)
16. Adam McBurney (Randalstown RFC/Ulster)
17. Vakhtang Abdaladze (Coolmine RFC/Leinster)
18. Ben Betts (Young Munster RFC/Munster)
19. Joseph Carley (Enniscorthy RFC/Leinster)
20. Josh Barnes (Tralee RFC/Munster)
21. Conor Hand (Navan RFC/Leinster)
22. Cameron Fulton (Coleraine RFC/Ulster)
23. Colin Kenny (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)