The Connacht under-18s management team have included four players from the Shannonside region in their inter-provincial squad.
Creggs pair Aodha Hession and Sam O’Sullivan, Buccaneers Daragh Murray and Matthew Early of Carrick-On-Shannon have all being included in the inter-pro series.
“We are looking forward to the upcoming challenge of the inter-pro series in UL” explained Connacht Under-18 Head Coach Colm Tucker.
“It will be the first time this format has been employed with three games over eight days and it presents a very exciting and tough challenge with all teams boarding and training in UL for the duration.”
“The squad have worked hard this summer and have prepared well” declared Tucker.
“We are looking forward to getting to Limerick and getting the games underway. We would hope to see as many Connacht supporters there as possible to support the team.”
In a first for the competition the series will take place in its entirety across eight days at University of Limerick, with the squad travelling to their base on Friday morning ahead of the series opener against Leinster U18s on Saturday (11am).
Next up is a meeting with Munster U18s on Wednesday 22nd August (3pm), followed by the concluding game against Ulster U18s on Sunday 26th August (1pm).
Connacht Under-18 squad
|Alan Duffy||ProP||Ballina RFc||Jesus and Mary Enniscrone|
|Scrumhalf||Creggs RFC||CBS Roscommon|
|Caolan Hopkins||Prop||Ballina RFC||St. Josephs, Foxford|
|Backrow||Monivea RFC||Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew|
|Cathal Forde||Out-half||Corinthians RFC||Colaiste Iognaid|
|Prop||Corinthians RFC||Scoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran|
|Conal O’Grioffa||Backrow||Corinthians RFC||Scoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran|
|Conor O’Shaughnessy||Fullback||Galweigans RFC||St Jarleths|
|Daragh Hanrahan||Centre||Corinthians RFC||Colaiste Iognaid|
|Daragh Murray||Second Row||Buccaneers RFC||Colaiste Chiaran|
|Diarmuid McCormack||Backrow||Corinthians RFC||Colaiste Iognaid|
|Donnacha Byrne||Backrow||Sligo RFC||Summerhill College|
|Eoin de Buitléar||Hooker||Corinthians RFC||Scoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran|
|Harry Balsiger||Fullback||West Offaly Lions||Gallen CS|
|Hubert Costello||Backrow||Corinthians RFC||Calasanctius College|
|Hubert Gilvarry||Fullback||Sligo RFC||Sligo Grammar|
|Jack Power||Centre||Galweigans RFC||Colaiste Iognaid|
|Kacper Palamarczuk||Number 8||Westport RFC||Rice College|
|Leo McFarlane||Scrumhalf||Buccaneers RFC||Marist College, Athlone|
|Luke Hogge||Centre||Sligo RFC||Colaiste Mhuire|
|Martin Fallon||Second row||Buccaneers RFC||Marist College, Athlone|
|Matthew Earley||Hooker||Carrick-on-Shannon RFC||Sligo Grammar|
|Oisin McCormack||Backrow||Ballinasloe RFC||Garbally|
|Rory McCleane||Wing||Oughterard RFC||Colaiste Einde|
|Sam O’Sullivan||Centre||Creggs RFC||Marist College, Athlone|
|Dylan Keane||Centre||Ballinrobe RFC||Roscrea|
Colm Tucker – Head Coach
Lyndon Jones – Assistant Coach
Richard Doyle – Manager
Ann Caffrey – S&C
Ryan Worden – Lead Physio
Sheosaimh McDonagh – Analyst
Shane O’Reilly – Physio
Saturday 18th August
Connacht U18s v Leinster U18s (11am)
Wednesday 22nd August
Connacht U18s v Munster U18s (3pm)
Sunday 26th August
Connacht U18s v Ulster U18s (1pm)