An Ireland Under-19/ Under-20 development team has been named to play a France Under-19 selection in Besançon, which is located 50km East of Dijon on Thursday (KO: 7pm local time)…

The match against France is the second of two annual matches which allows the IRFU to benchmark individuals as well as the quality of the player development cycle.

The team is made up of the best U-19 (as per 1st Jan IRB regulations) from schools and clubs and is coached by Leinster Academy Coach Colin McEntee and Ulster’s Johnny Bell.


15: Peter Nelson (Royal School Dungannon/Ulster)
14: Conor Finn (Cistercian College/Connacht)
13: Stephen Murphy (Gonzaga School SJ/Leinster)
12: Shane Layden (Carrick on Shannon/Connacht)
11: Barry Daly (Gonzaga School/Leinster)
10: Cathal Marsh (Dublin University/Leinster)
9: Kieran Marmion (UWIC/Exile)

1: Des Merrey (Clontarf/Leinster)
2: Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster)
3: Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
4: Darren O’Shea (Bruce College/Munster)
5: Iain Henderson (Queens/Ulster)
6: Jack Conan (St. Gerard’s School/Leinster)
7: Conor Gilsenan (Clongowes Wood College SJ/Leinster) CAPTAIN
8: Jordan Coughlan (Clongowes Wood College SJ/Leinster)


16: Johnny Murphy (Banbridge/Ulster)
17: Ryan Jablonski (London Irish/Exiles)
18: Rory Harrison (UCD /Ulster)
19: Brian Moylett (Lansdowne/Connacht)
20: Charles Gallagher (Campbell College/Ulster)
21: Conor Spence (Queens/Ulster)
22: Jack Carty (Buccaneers /Connacht)
23: Tadhg Leader (Galwegians/Connacht)


Manager – Barney McGonigle
Coach – Colin McEntee
Assist. Coach – Johnny Bell
Doctor – Tim O’ Flanagan
Physio – Barry Smith
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Sami Dowling
Team assistant – Pat Downey