Cork players selected for Ireland U18 and U19 squads for coming internationals

Ben O'Connor is named in the U18 Schools group along with PBC team mates Danny Sheehan and Jacon Sheahan
Cork players selected for Ireland U18 and U19 squads for coming internationals

Ben O'Connor, PBC, kicking for touch as Crescent player Cian O'Halloran attempts to block down during their Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup final at Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture Dan Linehan

THREE members of the PBC team, which lost to Crescent College Comprehensive in the Munster Schools Senior Cup final, are included in the Ireland Schools U18 squad for the Six Nations Festival in France, starting tomorrow.

They are full-back Ben O’Connor, who captained the Cork All-Ireland minor hurling winning team last season, hooker Danny Sheehan and number 8 Jacob Sheahan.

Exciting CBC second-row Kamil Novak is also named in the 26-strong squad, comprising 14 forwards and 12 backs, who are coached PBC’s Paul Barr and Andy Kryiacou, the Munster Elite Player Development Officer.

Other Munster players travelling to Marcoussis are Harry Long and Emmett Calvey (Ardscoil Ris), Jake O’Riordan (St Munchin’s) and Brian Gleeson (Rockwell College).

Ireland are first in action against France tomorrow at 3.40 (Irish time) and then play Wales on Wednesday at 1.20 before taking on the Italians on Easter Sunday at 10.30am.

All the games will be streamed by the Six Nations on their You Tube channel and the feed for the Ireland games will also be available on IrishRugby.ie.

Meanwhile, there are three Cork players in the Ireland U19 squad for two games against France in Belfast on Easter Saturday and St Mary’s College a week later.

In the backs, scrum-half Andrew O’Mahony has AIL experience with UCC this season and centre Liam McCarthy was one the stand-out players in Bandon Grammar School’s drive to the cup semi-final, where they lost narrowly to Crescent.

Midleton’s Danny McCarthy is among the 15 forwards selected along with two highly influential players on Crescent’s march to the title, dynamic hooker Conall Henchy and the equally prolific number 8 Ruadhan Quinn.

In the 12-strong list of backs are Shannon’s Josh Costello and Rockwell College’s Henry Buttimer.

The coaching group is led by Kieran Hallett (Leinster) alongside Andrew Browne (Connacht) and Mark Butler (Munster).

O'Mahony's international involvement means the former CBC number 9 misses out on College's run-in to the end of the season, starting with the visit to high-flying Terenure College in Dublin tomorrow.

And while their opponents have already banked an energia All-Ireland League Division 1A semi-final spot against neighbours Lansdowne, Terenure are chasing a home tie, which will be secured if successful.

More importantly for College, though, is the imminent prospect of the two-legged relegation decider with Ballynahinch, who are just ahead of UCC in the table, resulting in the Ulster side, currently, having home advantage in the second leg.

The Students welcomed back wing Matthew Bowen from long-term injury against Garryowen last week, when he marked his return with a try.

Dolphin wrap up their division 2A campaign at home to UL Bohemians, bidding to complete the double after opening the season with a 20-6 win in Limerick, when Brian O'Mahony and Rob Reardon scored tries, converted by Daryl Foley, who also kicked a couple of penalties.

Midleton, fifth in division 2C,  also finish up at home to runaway leaders Enniscorthy, who've won 15 of their 17 games, beginning with a 39-17 victory over the east Cork club.

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