Friday 20 September 2019

Future stars get moment in sun

Top performers honoured with inclusion in Schools Senior XV

Munster Schools Rugby Top XV at Thomond Park. Photo: Press 22
Munster Schools Rugby Top XV at Thomond Park. Photo: Press 22

The Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup campaign proved to be another thrilling contest this year, going right down to the wire.

Christian Brothers College were crowned champions after a tense 5-3 victory over Cork rivals Presentation Brothers College at Irish Independent Park on St Patrick's Day.

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It was a 30th title, a win that moved CBC one ahead of Pres in the all-time roll of honour.

The Irish Independent Munster Schools Senior XV was awarded to the stars of the future who gave some exemplary performances throughout the campaign.

Champions CBC had four representatives while there were three from Pres. The team were awarded with their specially commissioned Munster jerseys at half-time in Munster's PRO14 victory over Connacht at Thomond Park.

Aside from the finalists, players from Bandon Grammar, Rockwell College, Glenstal Abbey, Castletroy College, Crescent College and Ardscoil Rís have representatives.

Full-back Soren Minihane was on the Bandon Grammar junior team when they were promoted, before they followed that up with a Bowen Shield final appearance.

Versatile Kinsale clubman, Killian Coughlan, was a replacement on last year's Christian Brothers senior team. He was outstanding in all three cup games this year.

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Christian Brothers centre Harry O'Riordan captained the CBC Junior Cup-winning team two years ago and was vice-captain for the seniors this year.

A former captain of the Rockwell College juniors, centre Alan Flannery began his career with Kilfeacle & District RFC. He is a current Munster U-19 panellist.

Midleton winger Aaron Leahy played a crucial role in the only try in the Senior Cup final. His electric pace and lethal finishing has seen him play internationally at U-18 level.


Having swapped from scrum-half to out-half, Bandon Grammar's Jack Crowley was a star for the school in their unsuccessful bid for Bowen Shield glory a couple of years ago.

A former Junior Cup captain for Castletroy College, Micheal O'Hanrahan looks to have a big future at scrum-half.

Loosehead prop Donagh Hyland is Glenstal Abbey's representative. He played for Munster U-18 and U-19 during the inter-pros, and also helped his school to a Shield final win.

Darragh Murphy won a McCarthy Cup with Pres in 2014 and helped them to the final this year.

Muskerry clubman Darragh McSweeney was tighthead prop for Pres. Despite having featured for Munster U-18 in 2018 and 2019, he still has two more years of Senior cup.

Lock Eoin Quilter was a key component for PBC in 2017 and was vice-captain this year. Quilter captained his province's U-19s against Australia.

Versatile Mallow RFC second row, John Willis, has won Bowen, Barry and Senior Cup medals with CBC. He operated in the back row last year but has since moved into lock.

Jack Madden was at No 8 when he scored a try in Crescent's Junior Cup final win in 2016. He has been a standout performer for his school.

Jack Ward Murphy is a fifth-year student at Ardscoil Rís. He played representative for Munster Schools and is looking forward to the upcoming Munster U-19 inter-pros.

No 8 Daniel Okeke was awarded with Munster Moment of the Month for February when he scored against Castletroy.

Munster Schools SENIOR XV - Soren Minihane (Bandon Grammar); Killian Coughlan (CBC), Harry O'Riordan (CBC), Alan Flannery (Rockwell College), Aaron Leahy (CBC); Jack Crowley (Bandon Grammar), Micheal O'Hanrahan (Castletroy College); Donagh Hyland (Glenstal Abbey), Darragh Murphy (PBC), Darragh McSweeney (PBC); Eoin Quilter (PBC), John Willis (CBC); Jack Madden (Crescent College), Jack Ward Murphy (Ardscoil Rís), Daniel Okeke (Ardscoil Rís).

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