A young Laois rugby player will play in his second U-20 Six Nations campaign, having been selected in the Ireland squad for this year’s upcoming competition.
Portlaoise man Sean Masterson, who plays with Corinthians in Galway and is part of the Connacht Academy, was capped in last year’s competition as well as in the World Cup.
He is one of 11 players who were capped at this age grade last year included once again. A 32-man squad has been named but there is no place for Conor Kelly, also from Portlaoise, who was involved in some of the warm-up games.
Kelly, who has featured for Clontarf in the AIL and is part of the Leinster Sub Academy, is in his first year out of school and is underage for selection again next year.
The U-20 games are always a great place to keep an eye on the up and coming talent in the country – with the likes of James Ryan and Jordan Larmour among the recent players to star at senior level having previously been capped at this age.
After the opening clash with France at Stade Amédée Domenech, the Ireland U-20s will play three successive home games against Italy, Wales and Scotland on Friday nights at Donnybrook, with the series of home fixtures.
Their Championship run will conclude with a trip to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to face England on Friday, March 16, in a double header with the Ireland and England Women’s teams.
Forwards Jordan Duggan,Ronan Kelleher, Diarmuid Barron, Jonny Stewart, Conor Dean, Angus Curtis, David McCarthy, Tommy O’Brien, Mark Keane, Michael Silvester and Tommy O’Brien, who will captain the side, were all involved in 2017.
As well as the Six Nations campaign, the U-20s also have a World Cup to look forward to in June. This year’s competition is being held in France.
Harry Byrne (UCD/Leinster)
Angus Curtis (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Conor Dean (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Conor Hayes (Young Munster/Munster)
Mark Keane (Queen’s University)
Angus Kernohan (Ballymena/Ulster)
David McCarthy (Garryowen/Munster)
James McCarthy (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
Tommy O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
Hugh O’Sullivan (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jonny Stewart (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Michael Silvester (Dublin University/Leinster)
Peter Sullivan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Jack Aungier (St Mary’s College/Leinster)
Matthew Agnew (Ballymenia/Ulster)
Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen/Munster)
Joe Byrne (Dublin University/Leinster)
Ronan Coffey (Shannon/Munster)
Matthew Dalton (Malone/Ulster)
Cormac Daly (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jordan Duggan (Naas/Leinster)
Jack Dunne (Dublin University/Leinster)
Joe Dunleavy (Malone/Ulster)
James French (UCC/Munster)
Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Max Kearney (Dublin University/Leinster)
Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Sean Masterson (Corinthians/Connacht)
Jack O’Sullivan (UCC/Munster)
Tom O’Toole (Banbridge/Ulster)
Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster)