Ireland’s underage representative teams, sponsored by PwC, returned to action for the first time since 2019 over the Easter break as both the Under-18 Men and Women competed at Six Nations Festivals and the Under-19 Men hosted a two-match series against France.
Katie Fitzhenry’s Ireland Under-18 Women’s squad compete in the inaugural U-18 Women’s Six Nations Festival in Edinburgh, playing two 35 minute games the first day. They were edged out by England (17-12) before France got the better of them (26-0).
On the festival’s final day, the Ireland U-18 Women put in another impressive display in their full international against Wales, but finished on the wrong side of a 17-10 scoreline.
UNDER-18 WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS FESTIVAL RESULTS:
Day 1 – (35-minute matches)
Scotland 0 Wales 24
England 17 Ireland 12 – day one round-up & video replays / photo gallery
Wales 14 Italy 0
France 26 Ireland 0 – day one round-up & video replays / photo gallery
Scotland 0 Italy 0
England 7 France 29
Day 2 – (70-minute matches)
Over in France, Paul Barr’s Ireland Under-18 Schools side competed in the male equivalent Six Nations Festival in Marcoussis.
UNDER-18 MEN’S SIX NATIONS FESTIVAL RESULTS:
Day 1 –
Day 2 –
Day 3 –
Kieran Hallett’s Ireland Under-19 Men played their French counterparts twice over the Easter break, first in Queen’s University Belfast RFC and then again at St. Mary’s College RFC in Dublin.
The Ireland U-19s impressed in the opening match, securing a 26-21 victory. They led at half-time in the second game of the series before the French found their groove and pulled away winning 50-21.
UNDER-19 MEN’S INTERNATIONAL SERIES: