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    Ireland U19s

    Well the U20s have started well to their 6N's and have given us plenty of optimism for the futureso what about the U19s, they play Wales on Friday as part of their build up to the world cup in Belfast in April. Here's the squad:

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    The side will be captained by Paul Ryan of Blackrock College RFC.

    IRELAND: 15 – Adam Craig (Instonians/Ulster/Ulster); 14 – Chris Cochrane (Coleraine Academical Institute/Ulster); 13 - Jamie Smith (Ballymena/Ulster); 12 - Murray Kinsella (Newtown School/Munster); 11 – Niall Morris (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster); 10 – Eoin O’Malley (UCD /Leinster); 9 – Dave Moore (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster); 1 – Paul Karayiannis (RBAI/Ulster); 2 – Stephen Douglas (Ballymena/Ulster); 3 – Matthew Nelson (Ballynahinch/Ulster); 4 – Brian Cawley (UCD/Leinster); 5 – Ian Nagle (Glenstal Abbey/Munster); 6 – Kieran Essex (CBC Cork/Munster); 7 – Michael Entwistle (Ballymena /Ulster); 8 – Paul Ryan (Captain - Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)

    Replacements: 16 – Paddy McCabe (Dublin University/Leinster); 17 – Stephen Archer (UCC /Munster; 18 – Michael Sherry (Ard Scoil Rís/Munster); 19 – David Foley (U.L. Bohemians /Munster); 20 – John Downey (Presentation College Bray/Leinster); 21 – David Johnston (Belfast Harlequins /Ulster); 22 – Kris Greene(St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster); 23 – Mark Geraghty (Greystones RFC/Leinster); 24 – Tommy Seymour (Down High School/Ulster); 25 – William Stewart(QUB/Ulster); 26 – Matthew O’Regan (Northampton Saints/Exiles)

    I can only comment on a few of the young players from Ulster there, the hooker Stephen Douglas is a promisingplayer and is in the Ulster academy and i think has featured for Ulster A this season. His front row partner Paul Karyiannis is one to watch. Jamie Smith in the centre is a dangerous player. Chris Cochrane is a name i've heard mentioned in a positive light as well, i think he's still at school.

    Any craic on any of the Munster lads in the squad or even Leinster boys?


    from waterford but havent heard of Murray Kinsella (Newtown School/Munster). anyone know anything about him?
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      Sorry to drag this slightly off topic but how come the U 20 teams don't have anthems prior to games, i know the anthems have become a fairly divisive issue recently with current events,but the game in athlone last week skipped anthems completely. I wouldnt really query this but when playing in Wales in theprevious gamethe team stood for the welsh anthem and irelands call.

      I do think that if you get to represent your country, even at age grades, the normal traditions of international games should be respected.

      Is this normal for Irish age grade international teams or just an oversight?

      I think the 20's only have one home game left so it would be nice if the anthems wereplayed for it.



        <DIV =line>Ireland Under-19 Team Named For France Clash</DIV>
        <DIV ="date ">11 April 2010</DIV>
        <DIV ="time ">10:49 pm</DIV>
        <DIV ="datetime ">11 April 2010, 10:49 pm</DIV>
        <DIV =author>By Editor</DIV>
        <DIV =absact>The Ireland Under-19 team and replacements, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, for Tuesday's international encounter with the France Under-19s at Donnybrook (kick-off 5.30pm) has been named.</DIV>
        <DIV =image>Blackrock's Jordi Murphy will captain the Irish side again when they clash with France on Tuesday</DIV>
        <DIV =copyright></DIV>
        <DIV =article><S&#079;NG>Allen Clarke's</S&#079;NG> Ireland Under-19 selection to face France includes 18 players who earned game-time in December's impressive 15-0 victory over Australia at Cork IT.

        The five newcomers are <S&#079;NG>Craig Gilroy, Nat McDonald, Andrew Boyle, Conor McDermott</S&#079;NG> and <S&#079;NG>Michael McAuley.</S&#079;NG>

        The pacy Gilroy, who has impressed with Dungannon in this season's AIB League, comes in on the right wing, with Ballymena's <S&#079;NG>Luke Marshall</S&#079;NG> shifting to full-back and McDonald forminga centre partnership with fellow Exile <S&#079;NG>Corey Hircock.</S&#079;NG>

        Boyle will start on the left wing, with his fellow UCD clubman <S&#079;NG>Peter Du Toit</S&#079;NG> and Shannon's <S&#079;NG>Gareth Quinn McDonogh</S&#079;NG> combining at half-back.

        Quinn McDonogh was part of the Ireland Under-20 squad that secured the Six Nations title recently, along withpack duo<S&#079;NG>David Doyle</S&#079;NG> and <S&#079;NG>Jordi Murphy.</S&#079;NG>

        Tuesday will see Murphy skipper the Under-19s from the openside flanker position,behind an unchanged frontfive whichfeatures <S&#079;NG>James Tracy,</S&#079;NG> Doyle and <S&#079;NG>Martin Moore</S&#079;NG> in the front row. Glasgow Hawks' <S&#079;NG>Stephen Leckey</S&#079;NG> has been given the nod at blindside flanker.

        The squad is coached by IRFU High Performance Manager Allen Clarke, who guided the Under-20s to Championship glory already this year. <S&#079;NG>Jonny Bell</S&#079;NG> and <S&#079;NG>Colin McEntee</S&#079;NG> have assistant coach roles, with <S&#079;NG>Barney McGonigle</S&#079;NG> on managerial duty.

        <S&#079;NG>IRELAND UNDER-19 TEAM &amp; REPLACEMENTS (v France Under-19s, U-19 International Match, Donnybrook, Tuesday, April 13, kick-off 5.30pm):</S&#079;NG>

        <S&#079;NG>15 -</S&#079;NG> Luke Marshall (Ballymena RFC)
        <S&#079;NG>14 -</S&#079;NG> Craig Gilroy (Dungannon RFC)
        <S&#079;NG>13 -</S&#079;NG> Corey Hircock (Bedford Blues RFC/Exiles)
        <S&#079;NG>12 -</S&#079;NG> Nat McDonald (Worcester RFC/Exiles)
        <S&#079;NG>11 -</S&#079;NG> Andrew Boyle (University College Dublin RFC)
        <S&#079;NG>10 -</S&#079;NG> Gareth Quinn McDonogh (Shannon RFC)
        <S&#079;NG>9 -</S&#079;NG> Peter Du Toit (University College Dublin RFC)
        <S&#079;NG>1 -</S&#079;NG> James Tracy (Newbridge College)
        <S&#079;NG>2 -</S&#079;NG> David Doyle (University College Dublin RFC)
        <S&#079;NG>3 -</S&#079;NG> Martin Moore (Lansdowne FC)
        <S&#079;NG>4 -</S&#079;NG> Simon Hanbidge (Christian Brothers College, Cork)
        <S&#079;NG>5 -</S&#079;NG> David O'Mahony (Presentation Brothers College, Cork)
        <S&#079;NG>6 -</S&#079;NG> Stephen Leckey (Glasgow Hawks RFC/Exiles)
        <S&#079;NG>7 -</S&#079;NG> Jordi Murphy (Blackrock College RFC) (capt)
        <S&#079;NG>8 -</S&#079;NG> Eoin McKeon (Galwegians RFC/NUIG RFC)


        <S&#079;NG>16 -</S&#079;NG> Louis Padian (Worcester RFC/Exiles
        <S&#079;NG>17 -</S&#079;NG> Paul Mullen (The King's Hospital)
        <S&#079;NG>18 -</S&#079;NG> Kevin O'Byrne (University College Cork RFC)
        <S&#079;NG>19 -</S&#079;NG> Conor McDermott (Dublin University FC)
        <S&#079;NG>20 -</S&#079;NG> Dominic Gallagher (Dubl



          Ireland Under-19s Strike Back To Beat France

          </></>It took a wonderfully resurgent second half from the Ireland Under-19s to overcome France in Tuesday's international at Donnybrook, with out-half Gareth Quinn McDonogh grabbing all the points, including a converted injury-time try.

          </></><S&#079;NG>UNDER-19 INTERNATIONAL MATCH:</S&#079;NG> Tuesday, April 13

          <S&#079;NG>IRELAND UNDER-19 13 FRANCE UNDER-19 12,</S&#079;NG> Donnybrook

          Scorers: Ireland: Try: Gareth Quinn McDonogh; Con: Gareth Quinn McDonogh; Pens: Gareth Quinn McDonogh 2
          France: Tries: Baptiste Gabriel, Jean Pascal Barraque; Con: Jean-Marc Doussain

          It must have been the last thing on Ireland coach <S&#079;NG>Allen Clarke's</S&#079;NG> mind when he reconvened with his players at the break, looking at a 12-0 deficit and a French side in complete control.

          Right from the start, French scrum half Yann Lesgourgues sniped for critical yardage in putting Ireland on the back foot.

          Out-half and captain Jean-Marc Doussain preferred the corner flag to the goalposts, confident that a lineout maul would bring a try from his gigantic forwards.

          It did not work the first time, but they came again for blindside flanker Baptiste Gabriel to ground the ball with ease from the same move in the seventh minute. Doussain hit the upright from the touchline conversion.

          It was clear that Ireland would have to keep the ball away fromareas such asthe scrum, the maul and the fringes of the ruck if they were not going to meet the French with every ounce of energy.

          A sky-high garryowen from out-half <S&#079;NG>Gareth Quinn McDonogh</S&#079;NG> caused a crack in the French defence when full-back Luc Sirven failed to catch the dropping ball.

          A surge off the back of a scrum from number8 <S&#079;NG>Eoin McKeon</S&#079;NG> put Ireland in prime position. However, Quinn McDonogh was intercepted by full-back Sirven no more than ten metres from his own line. It looked a certain try until centre <S&#079;NG>Corey Hircock</S&#079;NG> and, impressively, hooker <S&#079;NG>David Doyle</S&#079;NG> got back to save the day.

          Soon, Lesgourgues was free-wheeling around the outside of Ireland's defence for centre Jean Pascal Barraque to cross for the visitors' second try in the 26th minute. This time, out-half Doussain converted from the right for a 12-0 lead. It was no more or less than they deserved.

          The Irish could not make enough yards through their main driving forwards, captain <S&#079;NG>Jordi Murphy</S&#079;NG> and McKeon, to occupy the fringe defence.

          There was little or no cohesion in their back play which was unsurprising, giventhat they had not played together before.

          On the resumption, Ireland looked to move the ball into the space where lock <S&#079;NG>Simon Hanbidge</S&#079;NG> showed his speed for twenty metres.

          When he tried to find <S&#079;NG>Craig Gilroy,</S&#079;NG> the ball was knocked down by left winger Pierre Berard for a penalty which Quinn McDonogh kicked in the 36th minute.

          As Irish confidence grew, replacement <S&#079;NG>Alex Kelly</S&#079;NG> shot through the middle like a bullet from a gun. Prop <S&#079;NG>James Tracy</S&#079;NG> was there in support.

          The fast recycle forced French centre Marvin O'Connor into a split-second decision to save a try. He shot out of the line to envelop Quinn McDonagh. This was better, much better from Ireland.

          The increased tempo was suiting Ireland as they whipped the ball into the midfield for backs and forwards to steam onto the ball. Locks Hanbidge and <S&#079;NG>David O'Mahony</S&#079;NG> carried hard to draw another penalty, dispatched by Quinn McDonogh in the 50th minute to halve the deficit.

          Sensing a revolt, France lifted the siege to return to their fluid style of play, aided considerably by the physicality of replacement Gilian Galan.



            Strange to see 4 players based outside of Ireland playing for
            the team. Parents Irish or lads who just crossed the water?
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              Originally posted by Delmar O'Donnell
              Strange to see 4 players based outside of Ireland playing for
              the team. Parents Irish or lads who just crossed the water?

              These players are of irish descent and should in reality be playing for the irish schools teams as their main team in england is their school but the irish schools dont allow exiles play with them

              Some of them alsomay be in uni in the UK



                <H1>Quinn-McDonagh sparks spirited Irish comeback</H1>
                <H2 =suber>IRELAND U-19 13
                FRANCE U-19 12 </H2>
                By Des Berry

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                Wednesday April 14 2010</DIV>
                <DIV =" font-null" sizcache="44" sizset="175">
                A Jekyll and Hyde performance was concluded spectacularly in favour of Ireland by out-half Gareth Quinn-McDonagh's injury-time try and conversion in this Under-19 International at Donnybrook.

                An Ireland win looked so unlikely for so long. The French played rugby in their own style, the backs and forwards blurring into one at times, their offloading a treat to witness against a disorganised Irish side, especially along an unfamiliar three-quarter line.
                Blindside Baptiste Gabriel planted the first try in the seventh minute and centre Jean Pascal Barraque added another, with out-half Jean Marc Doussain converting, to give France a 12-0 advantage in the 26th minute. Ireland raised the tempo after the break to such a level that the far bigger Frenchmen didn't seem to have the aerobic fitness to go with their muscle.
                Shannon out-half Quinn-McDonagh was the architect of an unlikely comeback. He chipped in with penalties in the 37th and 50th minutes as France felt it more beneficial to concede penalties than tries.

                Then, he executed a wonderful show-and-go as the clock slipped into injury-time to take a diagonal route to the try line. He held his nerve to strike the conversion from the right.
                Ireland U-19 -- L Marshall (M McAuley 63); C Gilroy, C Hircock, N McDonald (A Kelly h-t), A Boyle; G Quinn-McDonagh, P du Toit (M Dolan 53); J Tracy (L Padian 63), D Doyle (K O'Byrne 63), M Moore (P Mullen 63), S Hanbidge, D O'Mahony (C McDermott 63), S Leckey (D Gallagher 45), J Murphy (Capt), E McKeon.
                France U-19 -- L Sirven; JM Buttin (S Barry 59), M O'Connor, J-P Barraque, P Berard (A Ortega 5[img]smileys/cool.gif[/img]; JM Doussain (Capt), I Lesgourges; M Boughanmi (C Slimani 31), R Colliat, W Desmaison, S Vahaamaina (W Demotte h-t), M Marie, B Gabriel, J Come, K Gimeno (G Galan 51).
                Ref -- D Phillips (IRFU).
                - Des Berry
                Irish Independent</DIV>



                  Stephen Leckey is from Ulster, moved to uni in Glasgow last year which is why he's playing over there

                  Played for Methody College, don't he's no exile


                    Good win for them. There wasn't many Munster players in the
                    squad again but Quinn-McDonagh could be a good prospect.


                      anyone know anything of obyrne and mullin??