Saturday 21 October 2017

North and South collide in free-flowing challenge clash

The North and South Munster Schools U-17 Development squads played an end-of- summer challenge game on completion of their eight-week summer development programme.

The North and South Munster Schools U-17 Development squads played an end-of- summer challenge game on completion of their eight-week summer development programme.

Both squads had been participating in two training sessions a week, comprising physical and technical development, and rugby education.

The players, who were nominated by their schools, attended their respective sessions in either Castletroy College in Limerick or CIT in Cork. Munster coach development officers John Lacey and Keith Murphy each co-ordinated the regional programmes.

The game was tightly contested and very entertaining with some excellent free-flowing rugby on display.

North Munster won by a try and credit has to go to both teams for producing a great game.

The summer programme mainly identified individual technical skill development, and the final challenge game offered players the chance to showcase their improved skill set.

The South Munster squad finished their programme with a game last Friday against the new U-17 Combined Schools squad and they came out on top in a tough and challenging encounter.

The game also acted as a warm-up for the Combined squad, who are preparing for fixtures at the end of the month against Connacht U-17s.

The Schools Development players are straight back into competitive mode as most will be lining out for their respective schools in the Bowen Shield competition, which commences shortly.

Irish Independent

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