Sunday 11 December 2016

Kilcoyne recalls Ardscoil's Cup stars

Daragh Small

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne. Photo: Sportsfile

With the Munster Schools Cup reaching the knockout phase, Ireland international and Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne says the next batch of Munster stars could be on show.

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The 27-year-old Limerick native has 15 caps for his country and played his schools rugby with Ardscoil Ris.

The loosehead has also notched up 89 appearances for his province and scored nine tries since his debut in the 2011-'12 season.

Kilcoyne's Ardscoil Ris side got to the final of the Junior Cup when he was in third year - they had won it the previous year, in 2003.

Then he went on to play hooker, back-row and prop during three years of Senior Cup action with the school, where they lost in the quarter-final on three occasions.

"It is a massive competition. The lads in the squad would often talk about our schools team in particular. The front-row at the time, was myself, Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer, and you had John Ryan as well.

"The second-rows were Dave Foley and Ian Nagle. You had a back-row with Peter O'Mahony and Dave O'Callaghan. I think Conor Murray was in around that year, and Scott Deasy too. When we went through the team, there was nine or ten who went on to be professionals.

"We often say, it seems to be the trend, you seem to get a group that break through together and it comes in crops. We are kind of waiting on the next group of academy lads to break through at the moment and it could be this year.

"When you see lads pushing on, it drives other lads and creates hunger," he said.

Irish Independent

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