Connacht starlets earn Irish underage honours
Five Connacht players were selected for Ireland underage sides this week as the superb work being done at grassroots level across the province continues to pay off.
Connacht sub-Academy player Sean Masterson captained the Ireland U-19s with Corey Reid an unused replacement as they were beaten by France in Bordeaux.
Corinthians' Masterson, who made his Ireland U-20 debut against France in February, also started for the U-19s against Japan last month, when exciting Marist College centre/full-back Reid scored a try off the bench.
Niall Murray started both of the Ireland U-18 Schools games. From Brideswell in Athlone, the Buccaneers second-row attends St Aloysius College, Athlone, and has previously represented the Connacht U-18s and the Ireland U-18 Clubs team.
Promising duo Hugh Lane and Cian Huxford were both selected to start for the Ireland U-18 Clubs & Schools side.
Huxford has previously represented the Ireland U-18s, along with captaining the Connacht U-18s and Calasanctius College in their Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior Development Cup win in 2015. From Oranmore, back-row Huxford is a product of the Corinthians underage system.
Lane (Galwegians and Presentation College Athenry) has also received international honours in the Ireland U-18 Clubs side.
The winger made a big impact for the Connacht U-18s in the Interprovincial Series earlier this season.