Three Leesiders in Irish U20 rugby squad after call up for Crosshaven's O’Connor

Three Leesiders in Irish U20 rugby squad after call up for Crosshaven's O’Connor
CBC's Shane Bushe tackles Bryan O'Connor of PBC, back in 2016. Picture: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

CORK prop Bryan O’Connor will be aiming to make the most of his opportunity when he heads to France tomorrow with the Ireland U20 squad to take part in the Junior World Championships.

The Crosshaven native, who started with his local club before going on to star with PBC under Ger Burke and Brian MacMahon, will take his place in the squad after Tom O’Toole suffered a knee injury playing for Ulster senior team against Ospreys last weekend.

The former PBC loosehead prop will be joined by another one of the 2017 Senior Cup winning side from the school, Peter Sylvester, who will be expected to start next Wednesday’s opener against the host country.

However, PBC graduate Jack O’Sullivan, who was one of Ireland’s leading players during this season’s U20 Six Nations Championship, suffered a knee injury at training last week.

There will be a third Cork player in the Irish panel that will come under the watchful eye of assistant coach Paul O’Connell over the next fortnight, with Bandon’s James French also named in the Irish panel.

Ireland were drawn in the group of death with France first upon Wednesday followed by the Baby Boks (South Africa) on the Sunday.

They have also been drawn in the same group as Georgia who have a lot of army players in the side and will be as tough as France or South Africa up front.

Meanwhile Munster have announced that Donncha O’Callaghan will return to work with the province.

O’Callaghan recently retired from the game following a 20-year professional rugby career and will team up with his former colleague Doug Howlett.

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