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Three Laois rugby players selected for Ireland U-18 and U-19 squads

Three Laois rugby players have been selected on Ireland U-18 and U-19 squads.

The Ireland U-19, U-18 Clubs and U-18 Schools squads, have been assembling in Dublin this week for their first training camps of the 2020/21 season.

Castletown’s Jim Peters and Rosenallis’ David Dooley have both been selected on the U-19 squad.

While Portlaoise’s Richard Whelan, a student in Roscrea, has been named on the U-18 Schools squad.

A fourth Laois player, Portlaoise’s James Conroy, has been placed on the standby list for the U-18 Schools squad as injury had prevented him from taking part in the recent inter-pro competition.

Coming off the back of the PwC Under-18 and Under-19 Interprovincial Championships, 96 players from the four provinces and the IQ Rugby pathway have been called up to train with the national age grade squads at the Sport Ireland Campus and King’s Hospital.

The Ireland U-18 Clubs squad, coached by Brendan O’Connor, former Ireland international Kevin Maggs and Daryl Maxwell, assembled in Dublin on Monday to begin preparations for Saturday’s game against Italy at Stadio di Monigo.

The Ireland Under-19s and Ireland Under-18 Schools will put the building blocks in place for the season ahead when they come together for three-day camps at the Sport Ireland Campus which began on Wednesday.

Aiden McNulty has been named as head coach of the Ireland Under-19s for the season ahead, with Andrew Browne and Mark Butler also part of the coaching team.

Head coach Paul Barr, meanwhile, will lead the Ireland Under-18 Schools side alongside assistant coach Andi Kyriacou.

Commenting ahead of this week’s camps, Peter Smyth, the IRFU Head of Elite Player Development, said: “The return of the national age grade squads is a real boost to everyone involved with the player pathway.

“Getting the opportunity to develop and assess players over the mid-term period is the first point of our national age grade season plan.

“The excellent work that the schools and clubs undertake are the bedrock of these national programmes.”

Ireland Under-18 Schools Squad

Tom Stewart (St. Michael’s College/Leinster)
Danny Sheehan (PBC Cork/Munster)
Andrew Sparrow (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Joe Hopes (Campbell College Belfast/Ulster)
Evan O’Connell (Castletroy College/Munster)
Dawid Novak (CBC Cork/Munster)
Inigo Cruise O’Brien (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Brian Gleeson (Rockwell College/Munster)
Oliver Coffey (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Jack Murphy (Presentation College Bray/Leinster)
Hugo McLaughlin (Gonzaga College/Leinster)
Luke Kritzinger (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Sam Berman (St. Michael’s College/Leinster)
David Colbert (Gonzaga College/Leinster)
Stephen Kiely (Castletroy College/Munster)
Oran Murphy (London Irish/IQ Rugby)
Flyn Pyper (Presentation College Bray/Leinster)
Flynn Longstaff (Campbell College Belfast/Ulster)
Joseph Coffey (CC Roscrea/Munster)
Michael Colreavy (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Stephen Smyth (Kilkenny College/Leinster)
Kamil Novak (CBC Cork/Munster)
Max Flynn (CC Roscrea/Connacht)
Jake O’Riordan (St. Munchin’s College/Munster)
Sean Naughton (Kilkenny College/Leinster)
Sean Condon (PBC Cork/Munster)
Wilhelm de Klerk (St. Michael’s College/Leinster)
Harry Long (Ardscoil Ris/Munster)
Lukas Kenny (Campbell College Belfast/Ulster)
Ruben Moloney (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Jake Bowden (Methodist College/Ulster)
Ben Howard (St. Michael’s College/Leinster)
Blayze Molloy (Clongowes Wood College/Connacht)
Richard Whelan (CC Roscrea/Leinster)
Ben McFarlane (Methodist College/Ulster)
Finn Tracy (Presentation College Bray/Leinster)

Ireland Under-19 Squad

George Hadden (Clontarf FC/Leinster)
Gus McCarthy (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Paddy McCarthy (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Patrick Browne (Ballymena RFC/Ulster)
Jim Peters (Clontarf FC/Leinster)
Ruadhan Quinn (Cresent College Comprehensive/Munster)
Peter Hyland (PBC Cork/Munster)
Josh O’Hare (Lansdowne FC/Dundalk RFC/Leinster)
Fintan Gunne (St. Michael’s College/Leinster)
Harry West (King’s Hospital/Connacht)
Rory Telfer (Coleraine GS/Ulster)
John Devine (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht)
Hugh Cooney (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Conor Oresanya (Harlequins/Leeds Beckett University/IQ Rugby)
Noah Sheridan (Wicklow RFC/Leinster)
Jack Boal (Belfast Harlequins RFC/Ulster)
Tom Barry (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
Jonathan Flynn (CC Roscrea/Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
Jack Norton (Belfast High School/Ulster)
Max Dunne (Dublin University FC/Leinster)
Daniel Leane (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)
Dan Carroll (St. Michael’s College/Leinster)
George Shaw (Cardiff University/IQ Rugby)
Andrew O’Mahony (UCC/Munster)
Ross McKay (Ballymena RFC/Ulster)
Finn McNulty (Frome RFC/IQ Rugby)
David Dooley (MU Barnhall RFC/Leinster)
Jed Tormey (Belvedere College/Leinster)
Luke Doyle (Shannon RFC/Munster)
Henry Buttimer (Rockwell College/Munster)
Adam Duffy (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
Conall Henchy (Cresent College Comprehensive/Munster)
Gareth Kilkelly (Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
Kelvin Langan (Galwegians RFC/Connacht)
Jeff Williams (Bandon Grammar School/Munster)
Liam McCarthy (Bandon Grammar School/Munster)

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.