Young Munster and Garryowen represented in Ireland Club squad

Players from 14 different Ulster Bank League clubs are included in the panel, with Old Wesley’s Morgan Lennon and Naas player-coach Johne Murphy taking on the head coach and assistant coach roles for the second successive year.

Garryowen captain Neil Cronin, who been prolific this season with 128 points in the league, returns for his fifth Ulster Bank Club International campaign and is joined by his Light Blues club-mate Jamie Gavin, while Colm Skehan of Young Munster is also selected.

Clontarf’s classy centre Matt D’Arcy is set for his fourth stint with the Ireland Club side, and his club-mate, number 8 Michael Noone, is also selected for the home-and-away clashes with Scotland Clubs.

Current Division 1A leaders Lansdowne have four players in the mix, with full-back Eamonn Mills looking to win his second Club International cap, having featured last season against England Counties.

Terenure College, who are currently third in the top flight, have five players included, all of whom will be looking to pull on the green Club International jersey for the first time. The quintet includes ‘Nure’s impressive second row pairing of Michael Melia and Alex Thompson.

Cork Constitution (2), Dublin University (3), St. Mary’s College (3) and Young Munster (1) are the other Division 1A clubs with players involved. From Division 1B, seven players are drawn from Banbridge, Naas, Old Belvedere and Old Wesley, while Cashel and Greystones represent Division 2A with a player each – tighthead prop James Kendrick and flying winger Jack Keating.

IRELAND ULSTER BANK CLUB INTERNATIONAL Squad (v Scotland Clubs, February/March 2018):

Harry Brennan (Lansdowne)
Michael Cromie (Banbridge)
Peter Cromie (Banbridge)
Neil Cronin (Garryowen) *
Matt D’Arcy (Clontarf) *
Jack Dwan (Lansdowne)
Paddy Finlay (Dublin University) *
Jamie Gavin (Garryowen)
Cronan Gleeson (Old Wesley)
Fionn Higgins (Naas)
Jack Keating (Greystones)
James Kendrick (Cashel)
Niall Kenneally (Cork Constitution)
Angus Lloyd (Dublin University) *
Daniel McEvoy (Lansdowne)
Jack McDermott (Dublin University)
Joe McSwiney (Cork Constitution)
Michael Melia (Terenure College)
Eamonn Mills (Lansdowne) *
Darren Moroney (St. Mary’s College)
Michael Noone (Clontarf)
Mark O’Neill (Terenure College)
Tom O’Reilly (St. Mary’s College)
Peter Osborne (Naas) *
Ed Rossiter (Old Belvedere) *
Ciaran Ruddock (St. Mary’s College)
Colm Skehan (Young Munster)
Robbie Smyth (Terenure College)
Jake Swaine (Terenure College)
Alex Thompson (Terenure College)
Paulie Tolofua (Naas)

* Denotes previously-capped player at this level


Head Coach – Morgan Lennon
Assistant Coach – Johne Murphy
Team Manager – Maurice Hartery
Baggage Master – David Jermyn
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Cathal Murtagh
Doctor – Stuart O’Flanagan
Physio – Ailbe McCormack


Ireland Club XV v Scotland Clubs
Friday, February 23, kick-off 7.30pm
Dubarry Park, Athone

Scotland Clubs v Ireland Club XV
Friday, March 16, kick-off 7.30pm
Netherdale, Galashiels

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