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Leinster-mad schoolboys hope to give their heroes a boost with clever new invention -- line-out lifting aids

THREE schoolboys are hoping they've found a new way to keep Leinster's rugby stars in top form.

Belvedere College Transition Year students Cathal Sweeney, Conor Feeney and Barry Lysaght, all aged 16, have been inspired by their Blues heroes who are currently preparing for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont.

The trio have created "line-out lifting aids", a product designed to help rugby players grip team-mates during line-outs.

The product is a stretched elastic strap which is placed on the thighs of players in place of tape.

The boys, all hardcore Leinster fans, told the Herald that seeing their rugby idols wearing their product is their ultimate goal.

"I'd feel really proud of that," said Barry. "We have already approached Leinster academies -- the younger teams. We're hoping they might push it out to the older teams."

His classmate Cathal added: "We've had some good interest from clubs already. We've sold about 60 already, so we're just hoping to push it out to a few more."

Line-out lifting aids or not, the teenage students all remain very hopeful about the chances of Brian O'Driscoll (right) and Co lifting the Heineken Cup in Twickenham on May 19. "We're all massive Leinster fans," said Conor. "We're really optimistic about the Heineken Cup.

"I think they have a good chance, a very good chance," he added. "Especially if it ends up being an all-Ireland final, that would be one to watch out for."

The future of Irish business is in safe hands if the 10th Annual Student Enterprise awards were anything to go by.

The three students were among some 300 entrepreneurial secondary students in Croke Park earlier this week with ingenious creations which would surely leave any of the cast of Dragons Den begging for a chance to invest.

Many of the young business boffins tried to create solutions to the most tedious of life's problems.

For example, five first-year students from Willow Park school, Booterstown, won third place in the junior category for their idea to set up 'Stop That Call', a business that stops unsolicited telemarketing calls.