This is a huge achievement for a young man who is really going places.
Ballyfin native Will Reilly has been selected on a 24-man Ireland U-18 Clubs & Schools squad for a two-game series against the England Counties U-18 over the Easter period.
This is a serious achievement for the Portlaoise RFC out-half as he is one of just a few players to come from non-traditional rugby schools as he is a fifth year student in Portlaoise CBS.
Wayne Mitchell’s side will play two games against a visiting England U-18 Counties side.
The first will be at Energia Park on Wednesday, April 24 and the second at Ashbourne RFC on Saturday, April 27.
Meanwhile, another Laois man has been making waves across the water at a tournament in the USA.
Former Portlaoise RFC man Conor Kelly is playing at out-half on the Leinster ‘A’ squad that spent the weekend at a tournament in Boston.
The Clontarf man slotted four conversions and a penalty in a 53-49 win over Munster.
He continued that fine form as Leinster got the better of New England Free Jacks on a 55-12 scoreline.
IRELAND UNDER-18 CLUBS & SCHOOLS Squad (v England U18 Counties, April 24-27):
Mark Boyle (Gorey RFC/Gorey Community School/Leinster)
Phil Campbell (Ballymena RFC/Ulster)
Aaron Coleman (Belvedere College/Leinster)
Hubert Costello (Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
Eoin de Buitléar (An Ghaeltacht/Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
Sam Illo (Wesley College/Leinster)
Ronan Loughnane (Cistercian College Roscrea/Leinster)
Paddy McAlpine (Campbell College/Ulster)
Joseph McCarty (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Rory McGuire (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Hugo O’Malley (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Matthew Sands (City of Armagh RFC/St. Coleman’s Newry/Ulster)
Jay Traynor (Waterpark RFC/De La Salle Waterford/Munster)
Jack Delaney (Crescent College Comprehensive/Munster)
Cathal Forde (Corinthians RFC/Coláiste Iognáid/Connacht)
Dara Gaskin (Campbell College/Ulster)
Matthew Grogan (Belvedere College/Leinster)
Zach Kavanagh (SGS Filton College/IQ Rugby)
Marcus Kiely (Newbridge College/Leinster)
Justin Leonard (Belvedere College/Leinster)
Ben Moxam (Ballymena RFC/Larne High School/Ulster)
Josh O’Connor (Wexford Wanderers RFC/St. Peter’s College/Leinster)
Conor Rankin (Campbell College/Ulster)
Will Reilly (Portlaoise RFC/CBS Portlaoise/Leinster)
IRELAND UNDER-18 CLUBS & SCHOOLS XV:
Ireland Under-18 Clubs & Schools v England Under-18 Counties, Energia Park, Wednesday, April 24, 2.30pm
Ireland Under-18 Clubs & Schools v England Under-18 Counties, Ashbourne RFC, Saturday, April 27, 2pm