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Combined Universities To Face Exiles

Combined Universities To Face Exiles

The Combined Irish Universities will play the Irish Exiles (Under-23) in Ealing Trailfinders at 4pm this Friday. The Universities side comprises of players from the four University sides that compete in the Ulster Bank League – UCD, Dublin University, Queen’s University and UCC – and contains a number of excellent and exciting players.

The Combined Universities have not played since November 2010, when the impressive Conor Twomey and Tony Smeeth-coached side overcame a UCD RFC selection on a scoreline of 41-24.

That was a centenary match organised to commemorate UCD RFC’s affiliation to the Leinster Branch of the IRFU in 1910.

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The Exiles have been very successful in creating opportunities for a stream of Irish-qualified players living in the UK – many of whom have represented Ireland at age-grade levels in recent seasons.

It would be well worthwhile for any supporters who are in London for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations game to come down and watch what promises to be a highly entertaining match and then stay on to enjoy the hospitality in the clubhouse and Wales v France live on TV.

COMBINED IRISH UNIVERSITIES Squad (v Irish Exiles Under-23s):

Backs (10): Niyi Adeolukan (DUFC), Liam Bourke (UCD RFC), Chris Colvin (QUB RFC), Conall Doherty (UCD RFC), Jamie Glynn (UCD RFC), Ned Hodson (UCC RFC), Alex Kelly (UCD RFC), Paddy Lavelle (DUFC), Stephen Murphy (UCD RFC), Charlie O’Reagan (UCC RFC).

Forwards (13): Ryan Clarke (QUB RFC), Adam Clarkin (UCD RFC), Jack Dilger (DUFC), Brian du Toit (DUFC), Rory Harrison (UCD RFC), Eoin Joyce (UCD RFC), Jack Kelly (DUFC), Martin Kelly (DUFC), Pete McCabe (UCC RFC), Emmet MacMahon (UCD RFC), Dave O’Connell (UCC RFC), Charlie Slowey (UCC RFC), David Swann (QUB RFC).

Management Team –

Head Coach – Ian Wyse (UCD RFC)
Assistant Coach – Pete Herangi (UCD RFC)
Manager – John Young (DUFC)
Physiotherapist – David Ukich (DUFC)
IURU President – Gerry Kelly (DUFC)