Shannonside Region Represented In Connacht U-18 Squad

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 DuffyProPBallina RFcJesus and Mary Enniscrone
Aodha Hession


ScrumhalfCreggs RFCCBS Roscommon
Caolan HopkinsPropBallina RFCSt. Josephs, Foxford
Cathal Fleming


BackrowMonivea RFCHoly Rosary College, Mountbellew
Cathal FordeOut-halfCorinthians RFCColaiste Iognaid
Cian Scanlon


PropCorinthians RFCScoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran
Conal O’GrioffaBackrowCorinthians RFCScoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran
Conor O’ShaughnessyFullbackGalweigans RFCSt Jarleths
Daragh HanrahanCentreCorinthians RFCColaiste Iognaid
Daragh MurraySecond RowBuccaneers RFCColaiste Chiaran
Diarmuid McCormackBackrowCorinthians RFCColaiste Iognaid
Donnacha ByrneBackrowSligo RFCSummerhill College
Eoin de BuitléarHookerCorinthians RFCScoil Chuimsitheach, Chiaran
Harry BalsigerFullbackWest Offaly LionsGallen CS
Hubert CostelloBackrowCorinthians RFCCalasanctius College
Hubert GilvarryFullbackSligo RFCSligo Grammar
Jack PowerCentreGalweigans RFCColaiste Iognaid
Kacper PalamarczukNumber 8Westport RFCRice College
Leo McFarlaneScrumhalfBuccaneers RFCMarist College, Athlone
Luke HoggeCentreSligo RFCColaiste Mhuire
Martin FallonSecond rowBuccaneers RFCMarist College, Athlone
Matthew EarleyHookerCarrick-on-Shannon RFCSligo Grammar
Oisin McCormackBackrowBallinasloe RFCGarbally
Rory McCleaneWingOughterard RFCColaiste Einde
Sam O’SullivanCentreCreggs RFCMarist College, Athlone
Dylan KeaneCentreBallinrobe RFCRoscrea


Management Team

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)