A young Portlaoise rugby player has been selected on the Ireland U-18 schools and clubs squad to take on England in two games over Easter.
Conor Kelly, who started playing rugby with the Portlaoise RFC, has played Senior cup with Cistercian College Roscrea for the last two seasons. He was full-back on the side that reached the cup final in 2016 before moving to out-half and captaining the side this year.
Conor’s family own the Blue Sky Mortgages Business which is based on the Main Street in Portlaoise and his uncle Declan is the current president of Portlaoise Rugby Club.
It continues a good run of recent international recognition for players from the club as Sean Masterson has been capped at Ireland U-19 and U-20 level in recent weeks while Alison Miller continues to excel for the Irish ladies team.
Conor Kelly’s Cistercian Roscrea team-mate Josh Wycherley – whose older brother Fineen has appeared for the Munster senior team in the Guinness Pro12 this seasons – has also been included in a separate Irish schools squad that travels to Wales today to take on Wales, Italy and England.
Also included in that Irish squad is Knockbeg College student Martin Moloney who is from Carlow. He follows in the footsteps of Tom Daly, another recent Knockbeg student who has played with Ireland at underage level.
The side Conor Kelly is involved in will play England in two games in Ashbourne on April 12 and 15.