Belfast Telegraph

Ulster eight for Argentina

By Jim Stokes

EIGHT Ulster players have been included in a 26-strong Ireland panel to

play in the FIRA Junior Under 19 World Cup tournament in Argentina at the

play in the FIRA Junior Under 19 World Cup tournament in Argentina at the end of March.

Four were members of last season's all-conquering Ireland Schools squad who not only lifted the Triple Crown, but swept through Australia last summer with an unblemished record.

Sprint star Jonathan Davis, now on Dungannnon's books, is joined by Trinity's Bryn Cunningham, Simon Best of Portadown and Stephen Kennedy, the former Regent House captain who is now with London Irish.

The other quartet from the province are RBAI's Gareth McCullough, Eamon Scullion from Ballymena, Iain Knox, now playing senior rugby with Instonians, and Michael Haslett, this season's BRA captain.

This will be the first time that Ireland have entered this particular tournament and are seeded fifth among 32 competing nations. England, strangely, are the only leading rugby-playing country who are not competing.

Ireland have been drawn in a qualifying pool alongside Portugal and Scotland and will be based in Buenos Aires.

Coaching the side will be former Irish Schools' coach Declan Kidney, while the managerial role will be handled by former international lock Jim Glennon.

Bart Fannin is assistant coach and Irish international centre Kurt McQuilken, a member of the IRFU staff will be travelling as Technical Advisor.

The Irish party which departs from Dublin on March 18th is:(Backs): K Becker (St Michael's College), B Cunningham (Dublin Univ), J Davis (BHS), K Hartigan (Garryowen), T Keating (Blackrock), I Knox (Instonians), G Murphy (Naas), G McCullough (RBAI), D Nolan (Greystones), M Price (Blackrock), D Quinlan (Blackrock), R Wallace (Dublin Univ).

(Forwards): S Best (Portadown), H Byrne (Newbridge Coll), R Casey (Blackrock), L Cullen (Blackrock), B Dineen (Cistercian Coll), S Elkinson (Terenure), M Haslett (BRA), J HOgan (Lansdowne), R Hussey (Lansdowne), S Keane (Highfield), S Kennedy (London Irish), P Neville (Ard Scoil Ris), M O'Driscoll (UCC), E Scullion (Ballymena). Manager: J Glennon; Coach: D Kidney; Asst Coach: B Fannin; Technical Adv: K McQuilken.


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