Young Laois rugby player Will Reilly has been called up to the Irish U-20s squad for the upcoming Six Nations campaign.
Reilly, who is from Ballyfin, was one of 38 players involved at the IRFU’s High Performance Centre in Dublin back in May.
He was not named on the original 34-man squad that was released last week but an injury to Ben Murphy saw Reilly get the nod.
Reilly, who began, his playing career with Portlaoise is now with NUIM Barnhall and part of the Leinster Provincial Talent Squad.
He has already been capped at U-18 level by Ireland and will hope to feature in one of the five games over the next month.
Normally the U-20 competition takes place in February and March alongside the senior game but it didn’t get clearance to take place earlier this year.
Reilly will go into camp later this week before flying to Wales where the competition is taking place during June and July.
All games are in the Cardiff Arms Park stadium and Ireland begin this Saturday against Scotland.
Reilly’s family have a strong association with Portlaoise Rugby with his father Ciaran having served as club secretary for a long number of years.
He is also a very talented footballer and played senior championship with Ballyfin last year as they qualified for the semi-final for the second successive year. His blossoming rugby career is likely to limit his involvement in 2021, however.
RTE are showing all of the games in this competition live on TV and you can check out the fixtures below:
Ireland U20 Six Nations Fixtures 2021
(All games at Cardiff Arms Park)
Scotland v Ireland – Saturday June 19 at 2pm
Wales v Ireland – Friday June 25 at 8pm
Ireland v England – Thursday July 1 at 8pm
Italy v Ireland – Wednesday July 7 at 2pm
Ireland v France – Tuesday July 13 at 4.45pm