Eight Munster men in Irish U-20 squad
Munster Rugby will be well represented in the upcoming U-20 Six Nations Championship with eight of the province's up-and-coming stars included in coach Nigel Carolan's 30-man squad for the competition.
Munster have provided five forwards and three backs to the Ireland squad, with their first game against Wales now just a week away.
Carolan has turned to Kelvin Browne and John Foley from Shannon, Young Munster's Shane Fenton, Sean O'Connor from Cashel and Dan Walsh from Cork Con in a strong pack.
In the backs, the Connacht academy director has called up another Cork Con man, Shane Daly, UCC player Paul Kiernan and a third Con representative John Poland.
None of the eight Munster representatives have played at U-20 level before, with Ulster's Jacob Stockdale and Adam McBurney, Andrew Porter of Leinster and Connacht's Conan O'Donnell the only survivors from last season.
"We've had a number of camps with this group of players, as well as two warm-up games against Leinster and Munster before Christmas, so now we are just looking forward to getting the championship started against Wales," said Carolan.
Carolan's troops get their Six Nations campaign under way next Friday against Wales at Donnybrook, and then travel to France a week later to take on a powerful French side.
In a move from recent years, Ireland will play their home games in Donnybrook Stadium rather than Dubarry Park.