Saturday 20 January 2018

Irish prospect set for switch to England

McElroy impressed throughout the Six Nations campaign for Ireland. Photo: Sportsfile
McElroy impressed throughout the Six Nations campaign for Ireland. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Tadgh McElroy will not play for the Ireland under 20s at the Junior World Cup, which begins in Georgia this week, amid fears that he may switch allegiances to England.

The Sunday Independent understands that Connacht have offered the Lansdowne hooker a contract but he is reported to be holding out for a move to England, with Saracens among the clubs interested in signing the Dundalk native.

McElroy impressed throughout the Six Nations campaign and was initially named in the squad for the World Cup, but the management made the decision not to bring him when they flew out yesterday.

The union are keen to promote the development of players who are committed to Ireland, and given that McElroy could not give them that, he has been left at home.

McElroy has represented Ireland throughout age-grade level but is eligible to play for England, and is believed to have had his head turned by that possibility. Several clubs are interested in signing the youngster but he is reported to be keen on making the move to Saracens.

Ireland begin their campaign in Pool B on Wednesday afternoon in the Georgian city of Kutaisi against Italy, followed by games against Scotland next Sunday and New Zealand on Thursday, June 8.

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