Monday 11 December 2017

Carolan delighted with Buccaneers welcome as U-20s return

Rory Moloney, Sean Walsh (Electric Ireland), Cian Romaine, Stephen McVeigh, Buccaneers President Ray Fagan & Nigel Carolan (Ireland U-20s Coach) at Dubarry Park, Athlone
Rory Moloney, Sean Walsh (Electric Ireland), Cian Romaine, Stephen McVeigh, Buccaneers President Ray Fagan & Nigel Carolan (Ireland U-20s Coach) at Dubarry Park, Athlone

Ireland U-20s Junior Six Nations championship first home fixture will take place at Dubarry Park, Athlone.

This marks a decade of support by Electric Ireland for these prestigious matches.

Ireland will take on champions France on Friday, February 13, at the well-appointed, central stadium, home of Buccaneers.

Kick off is 7.05 for this greatly-anticipated game which will be transmitted live on RTE2.

It enables sports followers in the greater midlands region and beyond to witness top-class international rugby and the stars of the future up close and personal.

Many of the current Ireland senior squad, including Robbie Henshaw, Jonathan Sexton, Cian Healy, Peter O'Mahony, Conor Murray and Sean O'Brien have graced these matches in Athlone.

At an event in Dubarry Park launching this fixture, Niall Dineen, head of commercial at Electric Ireland, said: "Electric Ireland is delighted to once again sponsor the U-20 home series.

"We have a long tradition supporting young people in sport and we look forward to working with the IRFU to promote the rugby stars of tomorrow in this season's matches".

New Ireland U-20 coach Nigel Carolan has trawled far and wide in selecting his year squad, which includes a trio of players from the host Buccaneers club - Rory Moloney, Stephen McVeigh and Cian Romaine.

UCD's Nick McCarthy captains the side.

Carolan said: "I am very pleased to be coming to the Athlone venue, which has been very welcoming to the players and management team over the years, and where Ireland has a tremendous success rate."

Buccaneers president Ray Fagan added: "We are delighted that the club again hosts such a showcase fixture.

"The club has worked hard on and off the pitch, year in year out, to constantly improve facilities and to ensure the matches continue to be highly successful.

"Buccs also have a long history of players being selected by Ireland U-20s and I wish Stephen, Rory and Cian every success in this year's championship."

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are competitively priced and now on sale at The Bounty/Dubarry Park or by contacting Buccaneers administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 or email to rugby@dubarrypark.com.

Stand €20; Ground/Terrace €15; OAP/Student €10; Family €30 (admits 2 adults + 2 children to terrace).

WIN IRELAND JERSEY SIGNED BY ROBBIE HENSHAW!

Concession vouchers for U-16s are available to schools and clubs in the region; present your voucher at the turnstiles and you could win an Ireland jersey signed by Athlone-born Connacht and Ireland star Robbie Henshaw.

PRE-MATCH FUNCTION

Pre-match three-course dinner + wine can be booked for this fixture at only €50 per person. This includes reserved seat in the stand.

Large or small groups catered for; contact details as above.

Early booking is highly recommended.

Irish Independent

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