Tuesday 20 November 2018

Emerging Ireland squad named for IRB Nations Cup in Romania

Munster's Ian Keatley has been called up to the upcoming Emerging Ireland tour
Munster's Ian Keatley has been called up to the upcoming Emerging Ireland tour
Dan McFarland

THE Emerging Ireland coaching team have named their 26-man squad to compete in the IRB Nations Cup in Romania next month.

Head coach Dan McFarland (Connacht) and assistant Neil Doak (Ulster) will marshall their troops for three games in the tournament, with the first on Friday June 13 against Russia.  The second is five days later against Uruguay on Wednesday June 18 and the final match coming against hosts Romania on Sunday June 22.

McFarland said:, "I am looking forward to working with Neil and this exciting group of players in what will be a highly competitive tournament.  It is a great opportunity for players to showcase their abilities and represent their country.”

Ireland senior head coach Joe Schmidt said: "There is a good mix of experienced and younger players in this squad.  They will face three tough fixtures as Romania have already qualified for RWC14 and both Uruguay and Russia are in the final stages of the Repechage for World Cup qualification.”

Players from previous Emerging Ireland squads who have subsequently been capped for Ireland include Dave Kearney, Jack McGrath, Marty Moore and Jordi Murphy and six from last year's Emerging Ireland squad will travel with the senior team to Argentina.



Emerging Ireland squad



Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*

Rodney Ah You (Buccaneers/Connacht)*

Michael Bent (Dublin University/Leinster)

Callum Black (Malone/Ulster)*

Paddy Butler (Shannon/Munster)*

Bryan Byrne (Clontarf/Leinster)*

Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)*

Sean Dougall (Dolphin/ Munster)*

David Foley (UL Bohemians/Munster)*

Mick Kearney (Clontarf/Connacht)*

Mike McCarthy (Lansdowne/Leinster) (c)

Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)*

John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster)*

James Tracy (UCD/Leinster)*


BACKS (11)

Michael Allen (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*

Andrew Conway (Blackrock College/Leinster)*

Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster)

Eoin Griffin (Galwegians/Connacht)*

JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians/Munster)*

Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)

Brendan Macken (Blackrock College/Leinster)*

Paul Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)

Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster)*

Johne Murphy (Young Munster/Munster)*

Noel Reid (Clontarf/Leinster)*

*denotes uncapped player



IRB Nations Cup 2014

Venue:   Romania


Match 1:

Emerging Ireland v Russia

Friday 13th June 2014

Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf 19:00


Match 2:

Emerging Ireland v Uruguay

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf 19:00


Match 3:

Romania v Emerging Ireland

Sunday 22nd June 2014

Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf 17:00

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