After last weekend’s break, a stellar 7 days lie ahead for Irish Rugby. Our senior team play their first home game of this Six Nations campaign, when they welcome France to the Aviva stadium, knowing nothing other than a win will do, after a loss to Scotland and a win against Italy in the first two games of the tournament.
However, it’s not only Joe Schmidt’s side who are in action over the coming days, the future of Irish Rugby will also get their chance to shine, when the IrelandU20’s take on France at the Donnybrook Stadium this Friday at 8pm.
Any fans who plan on attending the France game in Lansdowne Road on Saturday are being encouraged to take some time out of their Friday evening to witness the young guns of the Irish Rugby hopefully begin a successful sporting weekend for the country.
Here are three lads from the South West you need to know!
- Calvin started out with Young Minster – he can play in the center or out wide on the wing. He played Munster Under 18s Schools, achieving inter provincial success in 2014/2015.
- He has represented Ireland’s Under 18s and Under 19s at International level and achieved Inter provincial success as part of the Munster Under 20s side in 2015/2016
- From Co.Clare, John Foley has played for UL Bohs and St.Munchin’s in the Munster Schools Senior Cup. He has played for both province and country at Under18s Schools with Inter provincials wins in 2014/2015
- He helped Munster Under 20s to last year’s Inter provincial title.
- He now plays for Shannon RFC and was one of only 2 players who were part of the U20s panel for last year’s Six Nations and made his Munster debut against the All Blacks last year.
- Gavin Coombes plays for Munster Under 19s. He has played for Skibbereen RFC and was captain for Bandon Grammar in the Munster Schools Senior Cup who reached the quarter-final last year.
- This number 8 has represented Ireland at U19s and Munster Under 18s where he won the 2014/2015 Inter provincial title alongside his now academy colleagues Bill Johnston, Calvin Nash and John Foley.
- He was the first player from Skibbereen to earn a place in the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy.
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