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Underage competitions get revamp


Munster clubs at U-16 and U-18 level will take part in a restructured competition format this season.

The new provincial-wide playing structure expands on the success of the Pan-Munster Clubs U-16 and U-18 competitions over the past few years.

The season is divided into two sections: a seeding structure in the first half of the season and a full competitive section in the new year leading into finals that are scheduled for the weekend of March 12/13.

The competitive section of the competition will encompass cup, bowl and plate competitions based on the results of the seeding section.

It will bring teams that have not traditionally played against each other into competition throughout the season. In excess of 40 clubs and club amalgamations have signed up for both U-16 and U-18 competitions from all corners of the province.

Chairman of the Munster youth committee Tom McCoy said: "This is a very exciting departure for Munster club age-grade rugby. To have a playing structure that provides for up to 16 games in season plus local cups is aligned with the IRFU's guidelines for player development."

It is hoped that the new completion structure will continue to produce players like Dave Foley, James Cronin, Jack O'Donoghue, Johnny Holland, Kevin O'Byrne and Donnacha Ryan, who all came through the club development pathway.

Irish Independent