Sunday 25 February 2018

Masterson earns call for U-20 World Cup

Sean Masterson in action in the U-19 interprovincial series. Picture: Sportsfile
Sean Masterson in action in the U-19 interprovincial series. Picture: Sportsfile

Corinthians' Sean Masterson has been named in the Ireland U-20 squad for the World Rugby U-20 Championships in Georgia this summer.

Connacht sub-Academy back-row forward Masterson is younger brother of Connacht senior player Eoghan. He has previously represented the Ireland U-18s and made his Six Nations debut for the Ireland U-20s in February. The call-up caps off an impressive season for Masterson that saw him named Connacht U-19 Player of the Year.

The tournament takes place from the May 31 - June 18, with Ireland playing their Pool games in Kutaisi, before moving to Tbilisi for the knock-out stages.

Ireland share Pool B with Italy, New Zealand and Scotland and the 28-man squad will be captained by Lansdowne's Paul Boyle.

There are some new faces in the squad, with U-19 players Jordan Duggan, Angus Curtis, David McCarthy, Alan Tynan and Michael Sylvester all being named.

On confirmation of the squad, head coach Peter Malone said: "It's an exciting time for these players, as they will all be experiencing a World Championship for the first time. It's a great opportunity for them, to go out and pit themselves against their peers from around the world.

"We've lost a number of players who were involved during the Six Nations through injury, so it's very unlucky for those guys not to be involved, but it gives other players the chance to wear the green jersey on the world stage.

"We're in a really strong pool with Italy and Scotland who made us work really hard for wins during the Six Nations, and then New Zealand who will have a number of players back from last year's tournament so they will be a huge test for us."

Irish Independent

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