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Superb rugby underage fare at University of Limerick sports facility

THE University of Limerick rugby facilities were busy over the past week with the IRFU U18 Men’s Interprovincial Rugby Festival taking centre stage.
Victories in both the Clubs and Schools competition went to Leinster teams. The Leinster Clubs side picked up their third win of the festival with a 31-12 win over Ulster while Leinster Schools retained the Kelleher Cup despite a 23-20 defeat to Munster on the final day.
The residential festival at the University of Limerick is a chance for squads from IQ Rugby and the four provinces to live in a professional rugby environment over 10 days. As well as three rounds of interprovincial championship, players avail of personal development, mental skills and nutritional workshops.
Leinster Clubs were the only side to win all three of their games at the festival. Munster finished runners-up in the clubs competition with a 36-10 win over Connacht in the final round.
A last-minute penalty from out-half Shane Buckley helped Munster beat Leinster in their U18 Men’s Schools Interprovincial decider. That earned them the Dudley Cup with Leinster’s better record over three games ensuring they won the overall championship. Ulster’s Schools side rounded out their campaign with a 48-10 win over IQ Rugby – a squad of Irish qualified players based in the English schools system.
Sunday August 25th 2019, University of LimerickLeinster U18 Men’s Schools 20 Munster U18 Men’s Schools 23; Ulster U18 Men’s Schools 48 IQ Rugby U18 Men 10; Leinster U18 Men’s Clubs 31 Ulster U18 Men’s Clubs 12; Munster U18 Men’s Clubs 36 Connacht U18 Men 10.
Sunday August 25th, 2019
ULSTER U18 MEN’S SCHOOLS 48 IQ RUGBY U18 MEN 10, University of Limerick
Scorers: Ulster U18 Men’s Schools: Tries: Jude Postlethwaite 2, Ethan Bryce, Callum Smyton 3, Jacob Richards, Tim Bailie; Cons: Ross McKay 3, Ethan Bryce.
IQ Rugby U18 Men’s: Tries: Theo Smerdon, Finn Rankin.
HT Score: Ulster U18 Men’s Schools 21 IQ Rugby U18 Men 05
Scorers: Ulster U18 Men’s Clubs: Tries: Ben McCullouch, Sebastion Hastings; Cons: Tyler McNeill.
Leinster U18 Men’s Clubs: Tries: Ruairi Clarke, Conor Gibney 2, Jack Hanlon, Fionn O’Hara; Cons: Fionn O’Hara 3.
HT: Ulster U18 Men’s Clubs 05 Leinster U18 Men’s Clubs 19
MUNSTER U18 MEN’S CLUBS 36 CONNACHT U18 MEN 10, University of Limerick
Scorers: Munster U18 Men’s Clubs: Tries: Edwin Edugobo, Dylan Murphy, Tony Butler, Owen Byrne, James Finn; Cons: Tony Butler 4; Pens: Tony Butler
Connacht U18 Men’s Clubs: Tries: Declan O’Loughlin, Blaine Barry.
HT: Munster U18 Men’s Clubs 17 Connacht U18 Men 5
Scorers: Munster U18 Men’s Schools: Tries: Daniel Hurley, Jack Oliver; Cons: Shane Buckley 2; Pens: Shane Buckley 3
Leinster U18 Men’s Schools: Tries: Charlie Tector, Shane Mallon; Cons: Charlie Tector 2; Pens: Charlie Tector 2
HT: Leinster U18 Men’s Schools 17 Munster U18 Men’s Schools 14

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