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Leinster | Official Matchday Programme of Leinster Rugby | Issue 05 Leinster vs Connacht | United Rugby Championship Friday 3rd December, 2021 | KO 19:45 | RDS Arena

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ISSUE 5 | LEINSTER RUGBY OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

LEINSTER

VS

connacht

FRI 3 rd DEC

RDS ARENA

KO 7.45PM


Newstead Building A,

UCD,

Belfield,

Dublin 4

#LEIVCON

The Line up

Telephone:

012693224

Fax:

012693142

E-mail:

information@leinsterrugby.ie

www.leinsterrugby.ie

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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

President: John Walsh

Chief Executive: Michael Dawson

Honorary Secretary: Stuart Bayley

Honorary Treasurer: Michael McGrail

RUGBY MANAGEMENT

Head Coach: Leo Cullen

Senior Coach: Stuart Lancaster

Head of Rugby Operations:

Guy Easterby

Assistant Coach: Robin McBryde

Backs Coach: Felipe Contepomi

Kicking Coach: Emmet Farrell

Contact Skills Coach: Denis Leamy

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Editorial Team: Marcus Ó Buachalla,

Ryan Corry & Paul Cahill

Advertising: Gary Nolan

Design: Julian Tredinnick,

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PRESIDENT, LEINSTER RUGBY 2020/22

john walsh welcome

We extend a warm Leinster welcome

to this evening’s visitors Connacht

and their fans to the RDS Arena.

Tonight, is the Round 7 fixture of the United

Rugby Championship and the occasion is

also what is referred to in sporting terms as

a ‘local derby’ and as such has additional

spice added to the occasion both for

players and fans alike. It’s also a fixture that

forms part of the historic Irish Interprovincial

Championship which dates back to 1946.

Current champions Leinster will be fully

aware as to the challenges that Connacht

present at home or away. The Sportsground

in Galway can be a challenging place

for visiting teams to play their ‘A’ game

and on many occasions even Plan B does

not bring the desired results as the men in

green respond to the vocal support of their

passionate followers.

We in Leinster don’t have fond memories

of the last occasion that Connacht visited

the RDS in January as they were deserving

winners by 35-24 to end a Leinster winning

streak of 26 games in the league and the

first time that Leinster tasted the bitterness of

a home defeat to an Irish side in over five

years. One of my acquaintances with strong

connections to the west of Ireland described

Connacht’s performance as similar to that

of a New York stray dog who had come

across a street full of fire hydrants and

performed accordingly!

An Ulster side also experienced a 36-11

crushing defeat by Connacht at the Aviva

Stadium in Round 5 of this season’s United

Rugby Championship so we have all been

warned ahead of their visit this evening!

On behalf of the Leinster Management

and Executive Committee we welcome our

counterparts from Connacht led by Ann

Heneghan (President), Willie Ruane (CEO)

and of course Head Coach Andy Friend,

club captain Jarrad Butler and matchday

captain Jack Carty.

While we may be rivals on the pitch we

continue to work with our colleagues in

Connacht, Munster and Ulster for the

continued development of the game at

all levels on this island and we share

many common goals and objectives and

long may that be so. For Irish Rugby to

prosper we need all our provincial teams to

continue to develop and to have a strong

presence in our European competitions.

Connacht arrive at the RDS high on

confidence following impressive consecutive

victories over Ulster and Ospreys (scoring

seven tries) and having just lost out to

Munster by a 20-18 score line.

Tonight’s fixture will be the 38th clash

between us in the professional era with

Leinster recording 28 victories to nine

victories to Connacht. As we discovered

with last weekend’s loss at the RDS to Ulster

(their first win over Leinster in eight seasons)

‘local derbies’ can be decided by the side

who has the heart and determination to dig

deep to get the result.

Let’s hope that tonight’s game will keep

all our supporters entertained by a quality

performance by both sides as we head into

our Heineken Champions Cup fixtures.

The recent passing of former Irish Rugby

captain Ray McLoughlin will be mourned

throughout the world of rugby and we

extend our condolences to his family

members on their loss.

The native of Ballinasloe was an iconic

player and one of the greatest props

produced by Ireland. Just like the granite

rock of the west he was tough and durable

and represented Ireland on 40 occasions

from 1962 to 1975, which was a record for

a prop forward. For his beloved Connacht

he made 34 appearances and was the first

member of the province to play test rugby

for the British and Irish Lions. He toured

Australia and New Zealand with the Lions

in 1966 and 1971 winning three Test caps.

Passionate about the game he played club

rugby in Ireland with UCD and Blackrock

College and when his business career took

him to the UK he played with Gosforth

in Newcastle and also with London Irish.

He was the most generous of individuals

in giving freely of his time to support so

many rugby clubs throughout Ireland with

fundraising events and his memory will be

forever cherished by all who had the good

fortune to meet him.

May he rest in peace.

Covid-19 is very much back in the spotlight

at the moment and the men’s Barbarians

fixture had to be cancelled just before

kick-off due to positive Covid results in the

squad. As a result the Barbarian women’s

game was slotted into the live schedule

by the BBC and served up a tremendous

thrilling, spectacle of rugby for viewers with

the Barbarians winning 65-5 in front of a

record attendance for a women’s game of

29,582. Our five Irish representatives got

good game time to enjoy the occasion and

it was fitting that Ciara Griffin and Lindsay

Peat scored tries to bring the curtain down

on their illustrious rugby careers.

It is a pity that Rob Kearney could not bring

the curtain down on his own career in a

similar fashion and a pity that promising

Leinster lock Jack Dunne couldn’t pull on

the famous black and white jersey also.

Jack will get another chance I am sure

but a pity for Rob. It won’t take away

anything from what he achieved during an

illustrious career and we wish him well in

his retirement.

The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Schools

draw takes place next week as does

the draw for the D’Arcy Cup, one of the

most prestigious club cup competitions in

Leinster, and while the shadow of Covid

does loom large, it’s great to see excitement

back as clubs and schools take to the fields

again and enjoy sport and extra-curricular

activities.

Best of luck to all those involved in those

competitions and indeed best of luck to all

the girls who are playing in the plate and

cup finals in IT Carlow in a few weeks’ time

for the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Girls

Cup Finals day. It should be a brilliant day

of action and it will be interesting to see if

anyone can repeat Wicklow RFC’s heroics

last time out when they took home three

trophies.

Back to the RDS Arena this evening, I hope

you all enjoy the game and continue to

play your part in keeping each other and

us all safe and continue

to wear your face

masks and

observe all

the relevant

guidelines that

are in place.

Enjoy the game

and stay safe,

JOHN WALSH

President Leinster

Rugby 2020/22

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Leo Cullen

head Coach Welcome

Good evening and welcome to the RDS Arena for

tonight’s game against Connacht Rugby.

It’s probably no harm that we

haven’t had to wait too long for

this one to come around, after

the disappointment of last week’s

loss to Ulster. On the other hand,

we’re fully aware that Andy

Friend’s excellent team won’t

make it easy for us. We learned

that the hard way last season!

It was thrilling to have such a big crowd

behind us last week – it was hugely

appreciated too, as we know there’s a lot

of competition for your time and attention.

We’re going to need all the support we

can get over the next two months with a

It continues to be a challenging

time for all our sponsors and once

again I’d like to say how much we

appreciate the backing they all give

us, in particular Bank of Ireland.

really challenging and exciting block of

games coming up.

Unfortunately, the past week has seen

lots of uncertainty in the United Rugby

Championship. We send our best wishes

to Munster, and Cardiff for that matter,

and hope they all manage to get home

safely from South Africa.

These are still tough times and it looks

like the virus will be with us in one form

or another for a while yet. On which

note, we were delighted to welcome Irish

clean air specialist Novaerus on board

as a new commercial partner recently, as

we look to make our building as Covidsafe

as possible. It continues to be a

challenging time for all our sponsors and

once again I’d like to say how much we

appreciate the backing they all give us,

in particular Bank of Ireland.

With Connacht in town this evening, I’d

like to take this opportunity to express

our sincere condolences on the recent

passing of the former Connacht, Ireland

and Lions great, Ray McLoughlin.

Ray was also a Blackrock College

legend and everyone at the club

is immensely proud of all his

achievements and the legacy

he leaves behind. He had

an amazing career, not just

in rugby but in business

too, and he will be sadly

missed. Our thoughts are

with Ray’s family.

Good luck to all clubs and schools in the

Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby draws

which take place next week. It’s brilliant

to see so much rugby going on at all

different levels around the province.

The volunteer structure is still so important

to the development of our game,

which simply wouldn’t be where it is

today without the positive energy and

enthusiasm of so many coaches, players,

parents, helpers, kit washers, unofficial

bus drivers, you name it! Thanks to all

volunteers for helping to create rugby

bonds that last a lifetime.

Next week, our Heineken Champions

Cup campaign gets up and running

against Bath over at the Aviva Stadium.

We’re hopeful of having a nice big

crowd as we try and progress a little

further than we managed last season.

Tickets are still available if you’re up

for it! For now though, enjoy this

evening’s game and thanks once

again for your loyal support.

We hope to see as many

of you as possible as we

face the many twists and

turns between now and

the end of the season.

Leo.

Thanks,

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Joann

Hosey

PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR

BANK OF IRELAND DUBLIN

Welcome to

Friday night

rugby at the

RDS Arena for

the first time

this season,

as we welcome

Connacht

Rugby for

our second

consecutive

interpro

clash.

The interprovincial matches are

the foundation of the professional

game in Ireland, providing an

energy and excitement that we

witnessed in abundance last

weekend as Ulster came down

the M1 to claim a famous victory.

This evening’s game is the second of

three home games in a row for Leo

Cullen’s side, with a trip across the

road to the Aviva Stadium coming up

next week against Bath Rugby in the

Heineken Champions Cup.

What a brilliant three weeks to savour

with the Leinster fans in full voice –

occasions that we all had to wait a

long time for and are now intent on

enjoying all the more. We are not out of

the woods yet though, and we must all

continue to do our bit on match day to

keep the experience as safe as possible

for everyone attending.

While a lot of focus next week will be

on the build up to the Bath game we

are delighted to say that we will also be

hosting the draws for the Bank of Ireland

Leinster Rugby Schools Cup, followed

by the club rugby draws. The opening

months of 2022 are nearly upon us, so

it’s great that we can look forward to

these competitions taking place again,

especially after the successful return of

the Junior Cup competitions over the last

few months.

In addition, the Bank of Ireland Provincial

Towns Cup will be officially launched

over the coming weeks and we are also

looking forward to celebrating some of

Leinster Rugby’s representative sides,

not least the Women’s Team when we

formally present them with their debut

caps and their Leinster jerseys. Special

days and great to have them back again.

Until then, enjoy the game this evening.

As a proud supporter of all four

provinces Bank of Ireland must retain its

neutrality at all times – so may the best

team win this evening!

JH

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Did you

know?

Leinster’s six game

winning run in the United

Rugby Championship came

to an end with their 10-

20 reversal at home to

Ulster on Saturday.

• The Leinstermen have

never lost successive

matches at the RDS Arena.

Connacht have won

successive championship

matches with maximum

points since their 18-20

loss away to Munster on

16 October.

Connacht’s most recent

away win came on a

trip to Munster in the

Rainbow Cup in May.

Leinster’s only loss in

their last six fixtures

against Connacht was

24-35 on Connacht’s last

visit to the RDS Arena on

2 January 2021. This was

Connacht’s first victory

on Leinster soil since

September 2002.

COMPARISON

Overall URC head-to-head record:

Played 38, Leinster won 28, Connacht won 10.

Last 3 URC results:

16 Oct - Scarlets (H) W 50-15 16 Oct - Munster (A) L 18-20

22 Oct - Glasgow (A) W 31-15 23 Oct - Ulster (H) W 36-11

27 Nov - Ulster (H) L 10-20 26 Nov - Ospreys (H) W 46-18

URC 2021/22

1st - W5 D0 L1 - 24PTS

WWWWWL (24pts)

URC form

6th - W3 D0 L3 - 16PTS

LWLLWW (16pts)

Top try scorer

3 - Ronan Kelleher, Adam Byrne, Dan Sheehan 5 - Mack Hansen

Top points scorer

31 - Ross Byrne 65 - Jack Carty

Date Venue L C Leinster scorers Connacht scorers

Sat 29 Sep 18 Sportsground 20 3 Sean Cronin(T) Garry Ringrose(T) Johnny

Sexton(2C/2P)

Sat 22 Dec 18 RDS Arena 33 29 Ross Byrne(4C) Andrew Porter(T) Mick

Kearney(T) Sean Cronin(T) Dan Leavy(T)

Conor O'Brien(T)

Fri 8 Nov 19 Sportsground 42 11 James Lowe(T) Ross Byrne(T/6C) Andrew

Porter(2T) Ronan Kelleher(2T)

Sat 4 Jan 20 RDS Arena 54 7 Max Deegan(2T) Ciaran Frawley(T/6C)

Harry Byrne(C) Joe Tomane(T) Dave

Kearney(T) Garry Ringrose(2T) Luke

McGrath(T)

Sat 2 Jan 21 RDS Arena 24 35 Scott Penny(T) David Hawkshaw(C) Ryan

Baird(T) Ed Byrne(T) Luke McGrath(T) Jimmy

O'Brien(C)

Sat 8 May 21 Sportsground (RC) 50 21 Ross Byrne(5C) Andrew Porter(T) James

Tracy(T) Scott Fardy(T) Cian Kelleher(T) Ross

Molony(T) Hugo Keenan(3T)

Jack Carty(P)

Caolin Blade(T) Jack Carty(T/3C/P) Cian

Kelleher(T) Darragh Leader(T)

Jack Carty(P) Stephen Fitzgerald(T) Darragh

Leader(P)

Conor Fitzgerald(C) Tom McCartney(T)

Tom Daly(T) Jack Carty(2T/3C/3P) Alex

Wootton(T)

Caolin Blade(T) Peter Sullivan(T) Conor

Fitzgerald(C/3P)

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caelan

doris

the big interview

BY RYAN CORRY

Autumn Nations

Player of the Series

- Caelan Doris.

It has a nice ring

to it. And why

wouldn’t it?

The back row was

a standout for

Ireland during

a November

window in

which they went

100 per cent

with victories

over Japan, the

All Blacks and

Argentina.

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The Mayo man saw off

competition from France’s Antoine

Dupont and Romain Ntamack,

South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth

and England’s Marcus Smith

and Freddie Steward, claiming

26 per cent of the public vote

to be named as the star of the

international window.

Doris started in the pack in all three

games for Ireland, scoring two tries –

one each against New Zealand and

Argentina – and picked up the player of

the match gong in that 29-20 win over

the then World Number 1 All Blacks

who have since been replaced by world

champions South Africa.

He was equally impressive in defence,

making 35 tackles across the three

games and 36 carries – more than any

other player – while he also hit a jointhigh

99 rucks as his relentless engine

drove Ireland forward.

With just 12 international caps to his

name, Doris is looking increasingly

comfortable at Test level, and, by his

own account, is enjoying his rugby

more and more with every passing

week while the squad as a whole is

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enefiting from every camp together

under Andy Farrell.

“A big part of it is just time together

and getting that cohesion. There’s not

too much new stuff we’re doing, it’s

just a case of everyone getting used

to the system, we’re getting better at

anticipating what’s coming, the lines

we’re running, our set-piece, lots of small

things. It’s just becoming more instinctual,

there were no big changes,” Doris says of

the November success.

“It’s kind of the competition that drives

you a fair bit. We have that in Leinster as

well, the back row particularly is a highlycontested

area. In Leinster, we have six or

seven international back rows. And that

is heightened more in international camp

so you’re used to that competition and

then you just keep putting your best foot

forward.

“You need to stay prepared as well as

possible and take the opportunities that

come along in training and that’ll give

you the best chance of getting picked. I’m

just enjoying it a lot, enjoying the camp

and the atmosphere. Even pre-Ireland

camp when we were with Leinster, I was

loving that as well, it’s just good to be

I think it gives you a bit more

perspective when you’ve had a long

break, taken a step back. You’re

much more grateful for it and

realise that this is a dream job

and how lucky we are to do what we

do for a living.

back really. I think that enjoyment has

played into some of my performances,”

he adds.

“Good to be back”, he says in reference

to the turbulent and, at times, concerning

start he had to the 2021 calendar year.

Midway through the 2020/21

campaign, Doris was advised on medical

grounds to stand down from playing and

contact training as a result of a head

injury.

He was able to return for the summer

internationals against USA and Japan

and since then, hasn’t looked back,

returning to his formidable best in both

blue and green since the season has

returned in late September.

“It was a really disappointing start to the

year, having to make the call to step

away, being advised to step back from

playing, not knowing how long I was

going to be out for and all the uncertainty

around it,” Doris states.

“Sitting and watching everything going

on and wishing that I was there but it

was great being back for the summer

series and then November as well with

full crowds, proper atmosphere in a full

Aviva, family and friends there too, for

the first time since pre-Covid.

“I think it gives you a bit more perspective

when you’ve had a long break, taken a

step back. You’re much more grateful for

it and realise that this is a dream job and

how lucky we are to do what we do for a

living. That definitely adds into it all and

the enjoyment.”

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And what a relief it is to see him back

in dominant form. After that three-game

showing in November, Doris was

afforded some time off last week, opting

to take in some of the round ball on the

continent alongside teammates James

Lowe, Dan Sheehan and Hugo Keenan.

While he admits he isn’t a follower of

the sport, he was in awe of Barcelona’s

Camp Nou despite the less than

appealing weather that met them in the

north-east of the Iberian Peninsula.

On the night, the Catalonians drew

0-0 with Benfica in the Champions

League as rain teemed down on the

50,000 spectators spread around the

99,500-capacity stadium.

Unfortunately, the scoreless contest

didn’t capture the imagination of Doris,

attending his first football match.

“It was lashing rain so we didn’t pick the

best day. Proper torrential rain. There was

only about a 60 per cent full stadium so

it was pretty empty and we were able

to make our way down to some good

seats. It wasn’t the best game though,”

he laughs.

“It was a completely random choice. We

were looking for something with a bit of

sun and were thinking Marbella where

we hadn’t been but we ended up going

with the trusty Barcelona where we’d all

been before. It was good craic.

“We didn’t go specifically for the match.

We only found out they were playing

as we were arriving, so the game was a

last-minute thing. I wouldn’t follow football

at all. It’s actually the first game that I’ve

been to. First football game. It’s some

stadium, it’s huge.

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“After that, I was down in Cork for a

couple of nights with the missus so a bit of

a contrast between those two trips but it

was good to get the time off.”

So, now for the back rower, it’s back into

the fold ahead of tonight’s clash against

Connacht with the full squad seeking a

response to last Saturday’s first defeat of

the season, a 20-10 URC loss to Ulster.

As usual, the Monday morning review

will have taken place in Leinster Rugby

HQ in UCD before that game is forgotten

and attention turns fully to preparation for

our western neighbours visiting Dublin 4

tonight.

One thing Doris emphasises is the desire

among the squad to put performances

together for the supporters, now more

than ever, after having to go so long

playing in the silence of empty stadiums

during the last two years.

“It wasn’t our best performance at all.

It’s never easy against Ulster and we’ve

gone well against them the last few times

so they maybe had that chip on their

shoulder moreso than us. But, it’s never

nice losing in the RDS, especially having

the fans back and wanting to put on a

performance for them,” he explains.

“The review was a long enough one.

There was a fair few fix-ups. A lot around

our breakdown needing to be better,

defensively our line speed wasn’t good

enough and then a few other smaller

fix-ups.

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I think it’s

fairly wellknown

where

I’m from that

I’m Leinster and

I think I even

have a few of

the neighbours

converted so I

won’t get too

much heat, there

won’t be many

messages.

“The whole week is so important,

especially with guys coming back in

from camp and making that switch,

getting back into the Leinster system, the

Leinster language, getting through all

that work early in the week so you can

mentally prep and focus on the most

important areas like your contacts and

the physicality and that stuff. That’s going

to be a big focus for this week.

“You never want to lose. You’d rather

learn your lessons through winning but

sometimes you need that reality check

maybe and it’s come at the start of a big

block of games with Europe and more

interprovincials. I suppose you’d rather

learn that lesson at the start of it than in

Europe or a later interpro.”

While he is originally from Lacken,

close to Ballina in County Mayo, Doris

says that friends and neighbours at

home know that he’s always been

firmly Leinster, aided by both parents

being from Dublin and his schooling in

Blackrock College, so there won’t be too

much noise made as he comes up against

his native province tonight.

Texts will be limited while there might

even be a bit of support in Lacken tilted

towards the blue side of the battle

because of the hometown interest.

“I think it’s fairly well-known where I’m

from that I’m Leinster and I think I even

have a few of the neighbours converted

so I won’t get too much heat, there won’t

be many messages,” he says wryly.

Connacht are in good form. They’ve had

two very impressive wins, and impressive

performances too. They’re playing really

good rugby and have attacking threats

in the back-line and throughout the pack.

I’m looking forward to seeing a filled RDS

and a good atmosphere on the night.

And then we can put on a show that we

can be proud of.

“Between the interpros and the European

games, this month defines the season

really, how these games go. But at the

same time, it’s massively exciting, playing

the biggest games. I think as long as

we’ve prepared as best we can, we can

enjoy it come gameday.”

For Doris and Co in the dressing room,

staff and supporters, that defining period

starts tonight at 7.45pm in the RDS Arena.

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Action

replay 10 20

LEINSTER:

Jimmy O’Brien; Adam Byrne, Robbie

Henshaw, Ciarán Frawley, Jordan

Larmour (Tommy O’Brien 70); Ross Byrne

(Harry Byrne 64); Luke McGrath (Nick

McCarthy 64); Ed Byrne (Peter Dooley

51), James Tracy (Seán Cronin 51),

Tadhg Furlong (Vakh Abdaladze 68);

Ross Molony, Devin Toner; Dan Leavy

(Max Deegan 20), Scott Penny, Rhys

Ruddock (Will Connors 59).

SCORERS:

Try: Robbie Henshaw.

Con: Ross Byrne.

Pen: Ross Byrne.

SAT 27 NOVEMBER

RDS ARENA

ATTENDANCE: 14,625

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

ULSTER:

Michael Lowry (Rob Lyttle 51); Craig

Gilroy, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey,

Ethan McIlroy; Billy Burns, John Cooney

(Nathan Doak 59); Andrew Warwick

(Eric O’Sullivan 45), Rob Herring, Marty

Moore (Ross Kane 70); Alan O’Connor,

Sam Carter (Mick Kearney 46); Greg

Jones (Marcus Rea 20), Nick Timoney,

David McCann.

SCORERS:

Tries: Greg Jones, James Hume.

Cons: John Cooney, Nathan Doak.

Pens: John Cooney, Nathan Doak.

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Ulster started

the game much

better than we

did, right from

the kick-off

had us trapped

in our own end.

We defended too

much and didn’t

exit too well. We

had some chances

but didn’t nail

our execution

around set-piece.

Leo Cullen reflects on a first

defeat of the season

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Club in focus:

CYM RFC

Although CYM Rugby Club, Terenure, has almost

100 years of history, the 2012/13 season may

well be the most significant season since its

foundation in 1924. That year CYM Rugby Club

established its women’s section.

The first season for CYM’s

women’s team was an exciting

one for all involved, the vast

majority of whom were playing

rugby for the first time. Having

been somewhat duped by the

promise that rugby was “Tag plus

10%”, new players flocked to

CYM, but soon realised that rugby

was much more than that.

RFC’S Women’s Squad pictured with coaches Richard Cowman and Tom Hynes.

Obviously, it was more physical than tag

rugby, that goes without saying, but it

was the camaraderie, the social side, the

joy of winning, even the pain of losing,

that far outstripped non-contact sports or

the monotony of gym or individual fitness.

Indeed, the same could be said when

compared to other team sports.

The club’s development over their

opening few seasons was highlighted

when the team won the Leinster

Division 2 League final in 2017 having

progressed from Division 4 over the

previous few years. They clinched the win

over opponents Tullow RFC in front of a

large crowd of supporters in Donnybrook

with a late try in extra-time.

Since then, CYM have firmly established

their position in Leinster Division 1 with

some excellent victories over the seasons.

Their consistency has been rewarded

at a provincial level when former CYM

captain and current player, Rachel

Horan, was first player in the history of

the club’s women’s section to get selected

for Leinster and win her first cap versus

Ulster in 2017.

Former CYM player Hannah O’Connor,

who first started playing rugby with CYM,

made her provincial debut in 2018 and

has since gone on to represent Ireland,

winning her seventh cap in the recent

victory over Japan at the RDS.

Rachel, who plays back row, has

maintained her place in the Leinster

squad since her debut season, and this

season she was joined by CYM clubmate

and centre Grace Tutty.

Travelling supporters will be delighted

to know that this season CYM also had

their first Connacht representative. Scrum

half, and Mayo native, Noreen Cassidy

joined up with the squad ahead of the

Interprovincial Series. Noreen, who has

also represented Ireland in Lacrosse,

made three appearances for the province

this season.

As well as winning Division 2, 2017 also

saw the establishment of a second team

in CYM who operated in Division 4.

Crucially having the seconds team has

allowed the coaches to develop players

who are new to the game and learn the

fundamentals of the game.

However, this season, like many other

clubs up and down the country, CYM

have unfortunately struggled with

numbers. Although we have a strong

backbone of players from previous

seasons, many others have moved out of

Dublin for work or personal reasons.

We have attracted several new promising

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Grace Tutty (12) puts in a tackle with Caoimhe

Brady in support. (Photo credit Giulia Valentino)

CYM’s Emma Dolan drives through the Barnhall defence.

players into the club who are now

making their mark in the team. With the

fall in numbers, the club joined forces with

Garda Westmanstown RFC who were

also in a similar situation with regards

to numbers, and the seconds have now

joined forces with Garda for the season

in Leinster League, Division 3.

The girls of CYM and Garda have

merged really well together, and most

importantly the partnership means that

fixtures are being played rather than

conceded and everyone is getting

valuable game time. And of course, new

friendships are being forged which has

always been at the heart of rugby.

Leinster and Connacht Women’s Squad members

2021 (L-R) Grace Tutty, Noreen Cassidy and Rachel

Horan. (Photo credit Mark Hill)

Another important aspect of the club is

the sense of community, both within the

club itself and the wider area. The team

does not just draw its strength from the

Dublin 6 area, but pride themselves in the

fact that they currently have players from

21 of the 32 counties and eight countries

around the world.

Both the more experienced and new

players have gelled very well and with

an average of 30 players attending

training each night, training sessions are

now more enjoyable than ever before.

Within the club, the women’s section is

on an equal footing with the men’s teams

in terms of coaching

and medical resources,

equipment, and access

to facilities. There are

also several times

during the year when

double headers, tours,

awards nights, and

other social nights are

organised alongside

the men’s section.

Within the wider area,

the women’s section

has contributed to

fundraising events for

local and national charities and working

alongside the men’s section have helped

raise almost €15,000 over the last

couple of years for these charities.

So, the message is clear, if you want to

get involved in women’s rugby, make new

friends and either develop your existing

rugby skills or learn the game of rugby,

then come down to CYM RFC and give

it a try.

The women train three nights per week at

Terenure Sports Club, based in the heart

of Terenure village (54 Terenure Road

North, Dublin 6W). Pitch-based sessions

are held every Monday and Wednesday

evening from 7pm to 8.30pm, with

an optional strength and conditioning

session held every Thursday in the club’s

fully-equipped on-site gym.

And if that isn’t enough to get you

involved, there is always book club,

bake offs, fun runs, international tours, an

annual awards night, team building days,

nights out, nights in, charity fundraising,

community work and much, much more

that the club offers to members.

If you are

interested in

taking up rugby

or you would like

to follow our

updates, check out

our social media

channels:

Leinster Women’s Rugby

LeinsterWomensRugby

@LeinsterWomen

womenspro@leinsterrugby.ie

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with

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A – Action: If you could be a

superhero, which would you be?

Doctor Strange

B – Boyhood: Who was your favourite

sporting idol growing up?

Richie McCaw

C – Childhood: What is your favourite

childhood memory?

Playing at half-time in the RDS in

minis.

D – Dish: What’s your go-to pre-match

meal?

Spaghetti Bolognese

E – Education: What was your

favourite subject in school?

Maths

F – Film buff: What’s your favourite

film?

Gladiator

G – Groove: Who is the best dancer in

the squad?

Would have to be Ross Byrne

H – Holiday: What’s your favourite

holiday destination?

Mexico

I – Inside: Who is the worst to sit

beside in the dressing room?

Will Connors

J – Joker: Who is the funniest in the

squad?

Alex Soroka

K – Kick-off: What’s your favourite

time of the day to play a match?

9am! Love a morning kick-off…

unlikely to happen is it?!

L – Languages: How many languages

can you speak?

One…and a half! I probably can’t

remember much Leaving Cert

Spanish anymore so that’s down to

a half!

M – Music: Your favourite artist and

song right now?

Greta van Fleet - Heat Above

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N – Number: Do you have a lucky

number?

No

O – Others: What’s your favourite

sport outside of rugby?

Golf

P – Pal: Who is your best mate in the

squad?

Rónan Kelleher

Q – Quirky: Who has the most

interesting fashion sense?

Ed Byrne

R – Red Carpet: Who is the most

famous contact in your phone?

No comment!

S – Superstitions: Do you have any

matchday routines?

Sleep

T – Trim: What’s the worst haircut

you’ve ever had?

My brother Max has given me a

few shockers!

U: Under pressure: Who in the squad

would be the best in a bad situation?

Seán Cronin

V – Verified: How often do you use

social media?

No idea. Not very often!

W – Worst fear: What are you most

scared of?

Rats

X – X-ray: Have you ever broken

any bones?

Only one or two!

Y – Youth: Where did you grow up?

Enniscorthy in Wexford and then

Dublin.

Z – Zoo: What’s your favourite

animal?

Dogs

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North Midlands

Underage squads

receive their Training

Tops from Area Chair

Ollie Delaney

On Monday nights

Silken Thomas

Park, Kildare, is a

hive of activity,

as around 100

players from

across the North

Midlands Area

prepare for

upcoming games in

the Shane Horgan

(Boys) and the

Sarah Robinson

(Girls) Inter-Area

Cup Competitions.

In addition a further 10 players

who have played on Leinster U-18

Youths continue their development

under the Player Pathway while

continuing their studies for

Leaving Cert 2022.

This year’s sessions are somewhat

larger than usual. Having missed out

on the Shane Horgan Competition last

season there are two squads (U-16 and

U-17) preparing for games in the Shane

Horgan Cup. The U-17s have two games

remaining against the North East and

the South East over the Christmas period.

This will complete the 2020/21 Shane

Horgan Cup.

In the meantime, the 2021/22 U-16

squad continue their preparation for three

upcoming games in early 2022.

The North Midlands U-18 girls squad

continue their preparation for the

upcoming games in the Sarah Robinson

Cup. Training takes place in parallel with

the Youths at Cill Dara on Monday nights,

with fitness and conditioning sessions and

on the park.

The player pathway starts with skill

development sessions open to all U-15

players in the boy’s programme. This has

proved very successful and appealing to

the players themselves. This year with the

help of some determined volunteers and

supported by the North Midlands Area

Committee a similar programme has been

introduced for the U-16 girls.

Getting both the boys and girls in at

this age group is a great way to help

them meet other players in the area and

improve the quality of rugby. The dates

for these sessions are flexible but the aim

is to have four or five sessions throughout

the season.

The North Midlands Junior Committee

continues to support the development of

players across all the North Midlands

Clubs. While group coaching of the

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squads was limited, if at all, during the

early part of the Covid-19 pandemic, the

Area supported the engagement of a

strength and conditioning coach.

The S&C coach set programmes for the

players and monitored their progress. On

returning to the field, the squads have

specific positional sessions for backs

and forwards, along with individual skill

development. They have also been able

to utilise the gym facilities at Cill Dara

and work on their athletic development.

On Monday, 15 November, the North

Midlands Chair, Ollie Delaney, presented

each of the players and coaches

with training tops to recognise their

participation on the North Midlands

Squads in 2021 and 2022.

Speaking on the occasion, Ollie thanked

Cill Dara Rugby Club for their continued

commitment to supporting the Area

through the use of their facilities for all the

North Midlands Area training.

He congratulated the players on their

successes to date and encouraged

them to use their experience to bring

additional value back to their clubs and

their teammates. Participation in the Area

teams forms an important part of the

Player Pathway, as players advance to

the Leinster Youths and Girls U-18 squads

next summer.

In addition, Ollie stressed the value of

developing friendships within the squad

with players from other clubs and the

opportunity to make life friendships as

part of these squads.

Also on the night, Mike Higgins,

Ambassador for Barretstown Camp,

returned to thank members of the squads

for their engagement in the ‘Social

Inclusion’ initiative which is now a feature

of the Player Development Programme

for the North Midlands Area underage

squads.

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leinster

squad

2021/22 season

Vakh Abdaladze #1263

PROP

DOB: 06/02/1996

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 121kg

Michael Ala’alatoa #1301

prop

DOB: 28/08/1991

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 127kg

7

CAPS

Ryan Baird #1278

LOCK

DOB: 26/07/1999

HEIGHT: 1.98m

WEIGHT: 103.18kg

6

CAPS

Adam Byrne #1213

WING / FULL BACK

DOB: 10/04/1994

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 98.18kg

1

CAP

Ed Byrne #1222

6

CAPS

Harry Byrne #1280

2

CAPS

Ross Byrne #1236

13

CAPS

Thomas Clarkson

PROP

DOB: 09/09/1993

HEIGHT: 1.8m

WEIGHT: 114.09kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 22/04/1999

HEIGHT: 1.9m

WEIGHT: 95kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 08/04/1995

HEIGHT: 1.9m

WEIGHT: 92kg

PROP

DOB: 22/02/2000

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 118kg

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Jack Conan #1223

22

CAPS

7

CAPS

Will Connors #1264

9

CAPS

Sean Cronin #1202

72

CAPS

Max Deegan #1256

1

CAP

NO. 8

DOB: 29/07/1992

HEIGHT: 1.93m

WEIGHT: 114.09kg

BACK ROW

DOB: 04/04/1996

HEIGHT: 1.96m

WEIGHT: 100kg

HOOKER

DOB: 06/05/1986

HEIGHT: 1.78m

WEIGHT: 103.18kg

NO. 8

DOB: 01/10/1996

HEIGHT: 1.93m

WEIGHT: 110kg

Peter Dooley #1230

Caelan Doris #1268

12

CAPS

Jack Dunne #1276

Ciaran Frawley #1265

PROP

DOB: 04/08/1994

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 117kg

BACK ROW

DOB: 02/04/1998

HEIGHT: 1.93m

WEIGHT: 107kg

LOCK

DOB: 21/11/1998

HEIGHT: 2.03m

WEIGHT: 120kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 04/12/1997

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 98kg

Tadhg Furlong #1220

PROP

DOB: 14/11/1992

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 125kg

52

CAPS

13

CAPS

Jamison Gibson-Park #1247

SCRUM HALF

DOB: 23/02/1992

HEIGHT: 1.75m

WEIGHT: 80kg

12

CAPS

David Hawkshaw #1290

FLY HALF / Centre

DOB: 03/07/1999

HEIGHT: 1.75m )

WEIGHT: 85.91kg

Cian Healy #1142

PROP

DOB: 07/10/1987

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 116.82kg

112

CAPS

2

CAPS

Robbie Henshaw #1251

53

CAPS

9

CAPS

Dave Kearney #1158

19

CAPS

Hugo Keenan #1253

16

CAPS

Ronan Kelleher #1277

16

CAPS

CENTRE

DOB: 12/06/1993

HEIGHT: 1.9m

WEIGHT: 99.09kg

WING / FULL BACK

DOB: 19/06/1989

HEIGHT: 1.8m

WEIGHT: 90kg

FULL BACK

DOB: 18/06/1996

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 91.82kg

HOOKER

DOB: 24/01/1998

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 105kg

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Jordan Larmour #1258

30

CAPS

Dan Leavy #1231

11

CAPS

WING

DOB: 10/06/1997

HEIGHT: 1.78m

WEIGHT: 90kg

FLANKER

DOB: 23/05/1994

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 105.91kg

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James Lowe #1262

9

CAPS

Nick McCarthy #1241

Luke McGrath #1206

19

CAPS

Michael Milne #1279

WING / FULL BACK

DOB: 08/07/1992

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 105kg

SCRUM HALF

DOB: 25/03/1995

HEIGHT: 1.8m

WEIGHT: 84.09kg

SCRUM HALF

DOB: 03/02/1993

HEIGHT: 1.75m

WEIGHT: 84.09kg

PROP

DOB: 05/02/1999

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 115kg

Jimmy O’Brien #1272

Conor O’Brien #1260

Josh Murphy #1261

Ross Molony #1233

LOCK

DOB: 11/05/1994

HEIGHT: 1.96m

WEIGHT: 113kg

FLANKER

DOB: 17/02/1995

HEIGHT: 1.98m

WEIGHT: 110kg

CENTRE

DOB: 06/02/1996

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 100kg

CENTRE

DOB: 27/11/1996

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 88kg

Tommy O’Brien #1283

Rory O’Loughlin #1248

1

CAP

Scott Penny #1271

Andrew Porter #1246

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CAPS

CENTRE

DOB: 28/05/1998

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 95kg

CENTRE

DOB: 21/01/1994

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 94.09kg

FLANKER

DOB: 22/09/1999

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 104kg

PROP

DOB: 16/01/1996

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 114.09kg

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Garry Ringrose #1237

37

CAPS

Rhys Ruddock #1167

27

CAPS

James Ryan #1259

40

CAPS

Johnny Sexton #1127

101

CAPS

14

CAPS

CENTRE

DOB: 26/01/1995

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 96kg

BACK ROW

DOB: 13/11/1990

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 113.18kg

LOCK

DOB: 24/07/1996

HEIGHT: 2.03m

WEIGHT: 115kg

FLY HALF

DOB: 11/07/1985

HEIGHT: 1.88m

WEIGHT: 90kg

Dan Sheehan #1286

HOOKER

DOB: 17/09/1998

HEIGHT: 1.91m

WEIGHT: 110.91kg

2

CAPS

Devin Toner #1128

LOCK

DOB: 29/06/1986

HEIGHT: 2.11m

WEIGHT: 127kg

70

CAPS

James Tracy #1211

HOOKER

DOB: 02/04/1991

HEIGHT: 1.83m

WEIGHT: 106kg

6

CAPS

Josh van der Flier #1228

FLANKER

DOB: 25/04/1993

HEIGHT: 1.85m

WEIGHT: 103kg

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Coaching

Staff

2021/22 season

LEO CULLEN

HEAD COACH

STUART LANCASTER

SENIOR COACH

ROBIN MCBRYDE

ASSISTANT COACH

FELIPE CONTEPOMI

BACKS COACH

EMMET FARRELL

KICKING COACH AND

LEAD PERFORMANCE ANALYST

GUY EASTERBY

HEAD OF RUGBY OPERATIONS

DENIS LEAMY

CONTACT SKILLS COACH

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‘His legacy

is secure’

Leinster

Rugby pay

tribute to

departing

IRFU chief

Browne

Philip Browne,

chief executive

of the IRFU,

announced

earlier this year

that he is to

retire from the

position as and

from December 31,

2021.

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Browne joined the IRFU in July

1992 and assumed the role of

chief executive in 1998.

Commenting on the decision, Browne

stated, “It has long been my intention to

retire from the role of chief executive to

coincide with reaching the age of 60. I

delayed my decision, given the recent

extraordinary pressures on Irish rugby,

as a result of the Covid pandemic. I

now believe we are at a point where

it is possible to commence plotting a

sustainable route out of the pandemic

and engage in a structured approach to

future longer-term planning, hence the

announcement of my decision at this

time.

“It has been a privilege to serve as chief

executive and while undoubtedly it has

been a pressurised and challenging role

it has, in equal measure, been a truly

exciting and rewarding career.”


Leinster Rugby CEO, Mick Dawson,

said: “I’ve known Philip a long time and

I’ve enjoyed working with him

over many years and have always

found him to be very fair and evenhanded,

it will be sad to see him step

away later this year.

“He has left an indelible mark, not only

on Irish Rugby, but on Irish sport, and

his legacy is most certainly secure.

“During his tenure, he challenged us

all to be better but he has also been

a huge advocate for the provincial

and the international game and he

has championed the sport of rugby in

Ireland.

“The last 18 months has been hugely

challenging but it’s at times like those

that you see people at their best and we

certainly saw that in Philip and how he

led the wider Irish rugby family through

uncharted waters.

“After nearly 25 years as CEO, he

will be missed and I wish Philip all the

very best in his retirement, which is well

deserved.”

Leinster Rugby as a whole would like to

take this opportunity to thank Philip for

his service to Irish rugby and wish him

well in his retirement.

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compiled by stuart farmer

media services limited

Leinster Player

Statistics

SQUAD

CAP

NO

DEBUT

2021/22 SEASON FOR LEINSTER LEINSTER CAREER

ALL GAMES URC EPCR ALL GAMES PRO14/URC EPCR

App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts

SINCE LAST TRY

CAPS

VAKH ABDALADZE 1263 2 DEC 17 0+1 - - 0+1 - - - - - 0+13 1 5 0+13 1 5 - - - 12 -

MICHAEL ALA'ALATOA 1301 25 SEP 21 3+2 - - 3+2 - - - - - 3+2 - - 3+2 - - - - - - WS 7

RYAN BAIRD 1278 27 APR 19 2+3 - - 2+3 - - - - - 14+18 6 30 13+14 6 30 1+4 - - 6 IR 6

ADAM BYRNE 1213 29 DEC 12 3 3 15 3 3 15 - - - 52+8 23 115 42+8 17 85 10 6 30 2 IR 1

ED BYRNE 1222 9 FEB 14 2+3 1 5 2+3 1 5 - - - 21+54 11 55 21+43 10 50 0+11 1 5 3 IR 6

HARRY BYRNE 1280 28 SEP 19 1+1 - - 1+1 - - - - - 15+11 6 154 15+10 6 149 0+1 - 5 5 IR 2

ROSS BYRNE 1236 4 SEP 15 3+2 1 31 3+2 1 31 - - - 73+36 7 681 61+20 3 502 12+16 4 179 5 IR 13

THOMAS CLARK-

1285 29 AUG 20 - - - - - - - - - 2+8 - - 2+8 - - - - - - -

SON

JACK CONAN 1223 20 FEB 14 2 - - 2 - - - - - 82+25 23 115 61+15 16 80 21+10 7 35 3 IR 22

WILL CONNORS 1264 9 FEB 18 0+1 - - 0+1 - - - - - 17+7 2 10 16+7 2 10 1 - - 11 IR 9

TIM CORKERY 1298 12 MAR 21 - - - - - - - - - 0+2 - - 0+2 - - - - - - -

SEAN CRONIN 1202 28 OCT 11 1+1 1 5 1+1 1 5 - - - 121+76 43 215 77+55 26 130 43+19 16 80 2 IR 72

MAX DEEGAN 1256 3 DEC 16 1+3 1 5 1+3 1 5 - - - 36+33 19 95 33+25 17 85 3+8 2 10 3 IR 1

PETER DOOLEY 1230 31 OCT 14 0+2 - - 0+2 - - - - - 40+55 5 25 38+49 5 25 2+6 - - 10 -

CAELAN DORIS 1268 28 APR 18 3 1 5 3 1 5 - - - 35+8 6 30 29+6 4 20 6+2 2 10 2 IR 12

JACK DUNNE 1276 16 FEB 19 - - - - - - - - - 2+13 - - 2+13 - - - - - - -

CORMAC FOLEY 1299 24 APR 21 - - - - - - - - - 0+1 - - 0+1 - - - - - - -

CIARAN FRAWLEY 1265 17 FEB 18 5+1 - 2 5+1 - 2 - - - 22+19 4 145 21+15 3 134 1+4 1 11 11 -

TADHG FURLONG 1220 1 NOV 13 3 - - 3 - - - - - 76+41 8 40 45+33 3 15 31+8 5 25 6 IR 52

JAMISON GIBSON-PARK 1247 2 SEP 16 2+2 - - 2+2 - - - - - 51+54 17 85 46+30 14 70 5+24 3 15 9 IR 12

MARCUS HANAN 1295 19 FEB 21 - - - - - - - - - 0+3 - - 0+3 - - - - - - -

DAVID HAWKSHAW 1290 2 NOV 20 - - - - - - - - - 0+8 1 14 0+8 1 14 - - - 4 -

CIAN HEALY 1142 5 MAY 07 1+4 1 5 1+4 1 5 - - - 157+79 28 140 91+52 14 70 64+26 13 65 2 IR 112

ROBBIE HENSHAW 1251 8 OCT 16 1 1 5 1 1 5 - - - 57+1 12 60 26 6 30 31+1 6 30 1 IR 53

DAVE KEARNEY 1158 16 MAY 09 - - - - - - - - - 147+22 51 255 121+15 44 220 25+6 7 35 7 IR 19

HUGO KEENAN 1253 5 NOV 16 4 1 5 4 1 5 - - - 31+3 5 25 26+3 5 25 5 - - 1 IR 16

RONAN KELLEHER 1277 22 FEB 19 2+1 3 15 2+1 3 15 - - - 22+6 12 60 16+4 11 55 6+2 1 5 1 IR 16

JORDAN LARMOUR 1258 2 SEP 17 3 1 5 3 1 5 - - - 55+10 20 100 34+7 15 75 21+3 5 25 3 IR 30

DAN LEAVY 1231 31 OCT 14 3+1 - - 3+1 - - - - - 46+30 17 85 38+20 13 65 8+10 4 20 5 IR 11

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SQUAD

CAP

NO

DEBUT

2021/22 SEASON FOR LEINSTER LEINSTER CAREER

ALL GAMES URC EPCR ALL GAMES PRO14/URC EPCR

App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts App Try Pts

SINCE LAST TRY

CAPS

JAMES LOWE 1262 2 DEC 17 3 - - 3 - - - - - 55 34 170 37 25 125 18 9 45 6 IR 9

NICK MCCARTHY 1241 19 DEC 15 0+3 - - 0+3 - - - - - 6+33 4 20 6+27 4 20 0+6 - - 8 -

LUKE MCGRATH 1206 5 MAY 12 4+1 - - 4+1 - - - - - 106+50 39 195 73+44 31 155 33+6 8 40 7 IR 19

MICHAEL MILNE 1279 28 SEP 19 - - - - - - - - - 1+15 2 10 1+15 2 10 - - - 14 -

MARTIN MOLONEY 1300 24 APR 21 - - - - - - - - - 0+1 - - 0+1 - - - - - - -

ROSS MOLONY 1233 20 FEB 15 5+1 - - 5+1 - - - - - 69+53 4 20 67+38 4 20 2+15 - - 8 -

JOSH MURPHY 1261 3 NOV 17 - - - - - - - - - 42+7 5 25 41+6 4 20 1+1 1 5 9 -

JAMIE OSBORNE 1294 30 JAN 21 1+2 - - 1+2 - - - - - 3+6 1 5 3+6 1 5 - - - 4 -

CONOR O'BRIEN 1260 3 NOV 17 1 - - 1 - - - - - 17+7 6 30 17+6 6 30 0+1 - - 10 -

JIMMY O'BRIEN 1272 23 NOV 18 2 - - 2 - - - - - 28+9 7 37 26+9 6 32 2 1 5 3 -

SEAN O'BRIEN 1297 12 MAR 21 - - - - - - - - - 0+2 - - 0+2 - - - - - - -

TOMMY O'BRIEN 1283 20 DEC 19 0+2 - - 0+2 - - - - - 4+7 3 15 4+7 3 15 - - - 7 -

RORY O'LOUGHLIN 1248 2 SEP 16 2 - - 2 - - - - - 66+23 21 105 59+15 18 90 7+8 3 15 32 IR 1

MAX O'REILLY 1291 2 JAN 21 - - - - - - - - - 6+1 1 5 6+1 1 5 - - - 6 -

SCOTT PENNY 1271 23 NOV 18 2 1 5 2 1 5 - - - 25+6 17 85 25+6 17 85 - - - 2 -

ANDREW PORTER 1246 2 SEP 16 3 2 10 3 2 10 - - - 31+49 13 65 26+30 10 50 5+19 3 15 1 IR 40

GARRY RINGROSE 1237 12 SEP 15 4 - - 4 - - - - - 88+2 27 143 56+1 16 88 32+1 11 55 5 IR 37

RHYS RUDDOCK 1167 6 DEC 09 4+2 - - 4+2 - - - - - 147+47 11 55 110+33 9 45 36+12 2 10 10 IR 27

ROB RUSSELL 1302 3 OCT 21 1+1 - - 1+1 - - - - - 1+1 - - 1+1 - - - - - - -

JAMES RYAN 1259 2 SEP 17 3 - - 3 - - - - - 47+6 3 15 25+1 1 5 22+5 2 10 13 IR 40

JOHNNY SEXTON 1127 27 JAN 06 2+1 - 22 2+1 - 22 - - - 150+26 26 1529 89+20 13 855 59+6 12 643 16 IR 101

DAN SHEEHAN 1286 23 OCT 20 2+2 3 15 2+2 3 15 - - - 5+12 9 45 5+12 9 45 - - - 1 IR 2

ANDREW SMITH 1292 2 JAN 21 - - - - - - - - - 1+1 - - 1+1 - - - - - - -

ALEX SOROKA 1296 28 FEB 21 - - - - - - - - - 1+1 - - 1+1 - - - - - - -

DEVIN TONER 1128 27 JAN 06 2+1 - - 2+1 - - - - - 208+61 4 20 142+43 4 20 63+18 - - 52 IR 70

JAMES TRACY 1211 4 NOV 12 1+2 1 5 1+2 1 5 - - - 58+74 15 75 51+46 14 70 7+28 1 5 3 IR 6

LIAM TURNER 1287 23 OCT 20 - - - - - - - - - 4+2 - - 4+2 - - - - - - -

JOSH VAN DER FLIER 1228 11 OCT 14 3+1 1 5 3+1 1 5 - - - 78+24 12 60 48+18 8 40 30+6 4 20 4 IR 35

2021/22 SEASON FOR LEINSTER LEINSTER CAREER

ALL GAMES URC EPCR ALL GAMES PRO14/URC EPCR OVERALL

KICKING

SUCCESS

RATE

C PG DG C PG DG C PG DG C PG DG C PG DG C PG DG ATT Career

%

- - - HARRY BYRNE 0.00% - - - - - - - - - 53 6 52 5 1 1 76 77.63%

ROSS BYRNE 100.00% 10 2 - 10 2 - - - - 206 77 1 164 52 1 42 25 - 366 77.32%

CIARAN FRAWLEY 100.00% 1 - - 1 - - - - - 52 7 - 49 7 - 3 - - 73 80.82%

DAVID HAWKSHAW - - - - - - - - - - 3 1 - 3 1 - - - - 6 66.67%

JIMMY O'BRIEN - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - 1 - - - - - 3 33.33%

GARRY RINGROSE - - - - - - - - - - 4 - - 4 - - - - - 6 66.67%

JOHNNY SEXTON 83.33% 8 2 - 8 2 - - - - 242 294 11 128 171 7 107 119 4 672 79.76%

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BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE

BANK OF IRELAND SCHOOL

OF EXCELLENCE 2022

The Bank of Ireland Leinster

Rugby School of Excellence

returns for its 24th year and will

take place in The King’s Hospital

for four weeks in July and August

2022.

The School of Excellence camp is one

of the most successful rugby camps in

Ireland and gives 12 to 17-year-old girls

and boys the opportunity to experience

what a week in the life of a professional

rugby player is like, of course, in a safe

and enjoyable manner.

Booking your place early is advisable

with limited numbers on each camp

What can participants expect from the

Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby School of

Excellence?

On the pitch, players are challenged both

technically and tactically over the course

of the week, through the game-based

approach.

While off the pitch there is daily video

analysis and an additional two-hour

coaching session on each Friday, with

guest speakers visiting the camp each

week.

Numbers attending these camps have

hit a record high as over 1,000 girls and

boys took part in last summer’s School of

Excellence camps.

Camp attendees come from all over

Ireland and Europe and from countries

such as UAE, Canada, Japan and

America.

The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby

School of Excellence is aimed at

developing players and fine-tuning their

skills.

The content of the camp has been

developed to reflect the modern

game and as a result has become the

highlight of the summer calendar for

many young players as they will gain a

greater understanding of the game and

learn about values such as teamwork,

commitment, integrity and communication.

Take advantage of our early bird offer

and book your week-long camp for

only €449 residential and €349 nonresidential

until Friday, 4 March.

The price of the camp thereafter is €499

(residential) and €399 (non-residential).

We also offer recurring payments.

Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby School of

Excellence Dates 2022:

Week 1: July 18 – 22 (boys only camp)

Week 2: July 25 – 29 (boys only camp)

Week 3: Aug 1 – 5 (separate girls and

boys camps)

Week 4: Aug 8 – 12 (separate girls and

boys camps)

Stephen Maher, Bank of Ireland Leinster

Rugby School of Excellence Manager

said, “We are extremely pleased that

our Bank of Ireland Leinster School

of Excellence is returning for its 24th

summer. Year on year the numbers

attending School of Excellence grow.

“This is a fantastic indicator of how

players value the week with us and the

improvements they make to their game –

on and off pitch. Helping the players with

all aspects of the game. The programme

has been altered as usual to keep

improving and deliver the best possible

experience to the player – which is

what’s most important to Leinster Rugby.

We can’t wait to get going!”

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offical leinster

supporters club

We’re quickly into Round 7 of the 2021/22 United Rugby

Championship and the second of our home back-to-back

interprovincial fixtures before the focus shifts to Europe for

another fortnight of fixtures there.

Last week’s clash with Ulster was

a tough day at the office for us,

however we must move quickly

from that as this weekend sees us

welcome Connacht to the RDS.

While we must contend ourselves with

a hard fought but ultimately frustrating

loss last week, the same cannot be said

for tonight’s opponents who dismissed

Ospreys 46-18 in a fantastic display of

free-flowing rugby in a very (very) wet

and windswept Sportsground last Friday

night.

Connacht will be coming into this fixture

buoyed by the recent results for both

teams, as well as knowing that the last

time they played in the RDS, back in

January, they went home with a 35-24

victory and you can be sure they’ll be

looking for a similar performance tonight.

Given there was a five-week break

before the games last week, Leinster

will no doubt have spent the past week

ensuring that the cobwebs are well and

truly blown away as Leo, Stuart and all

the players and backroom staff, will not

be looking for a repeat performance of

last week.

This weekend sees the top two teams

in terms of attacking stats in the URC

face off and so hopefully the raucous

crowd that will pack into the RDS will

be treated to another exciting game of

Leinster

Connacht

170 Points 170

24 Tries 23

66 Points Conceded 124

89% Tackle Success 89%

Ross Byrne (31) Leading Points Scorer Jack Carty (65)

Adam Byrne (3) Leading Try Scorer Mack Hansen (5)

Jordan Larmour (13) Defenders Beaten Mack Hansen (28)

Hugo Keenan (256) Metres Gained Mack Hansen (436)

Ross Molony (71) Number of Tackles Conor Oliver (73)

Josh Van Der Flier (5) Turnovers Won Conor Oliver (7)

interprovincial rugby, and one that will be

spoken of for many years to come.

Defensively in the statistics, it’s a case of

3rd v 4th with the visitors sitting higher up

the table there so the team will be looking

for us, the fans, to keep the Leinster roar

going throughout the game and ensure

the visitors know that they are not in for an

easy evening.

The walls of the RDS fortress aren’t

breached too often and the team will not

be wanting to face into Europe on the

back of two such breaches. No doubt

the video analysis session was a tough

watch, but we are a team who focuses

on what’s in front and not what was. We

can’t change the past, we just accept and

move on.

Don’t forget to drop into the Laighin Out

before or after the game if you’re looking

to purchase some OLSC Merchandise.

The shop will be open and we look

forward to seeing you all there. You can

of course purchase, and keep up to date

with all things OLSC online, and we

encourage you to visit any of our social

media platforms.

A reminder also to all fans to please

continue to ensure you follow all

directions of RDS staff and let’s keep

each other safe. For now though, here’s

to a fantastic evening of rugby and don’t

forget that when the boys do take to

the field this evening, that you welcome

them back with that familiar Leinster roar.

After all, it’s been a lifetime since we last

roared them onto the RDS pitch.

Be loud, Be proud, Be blue!

Your OLSC Committee

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Hobbies: Climbing, swimming, drawing,

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WHERE ARE

THEY NOW?

fionn carr

THEN: Fionn

Carr made 37

appearances

for Leinster

from two

stints in

the Academy

(2005-08) and

senior squad

(2011-13).

NOW: He is

married

to Claire,

working as

a Contracts

Manager for

FPG Amentum

in Hong Kong.

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I had to

accept that

my time in

rugby was

coming to an

end just as

Connacht were

about to win

their first

trophy.

Leinster versus Connacht holds a

special place in the heart of Fionn

Carr.

Few can claim to have moved back and

forth over 11 years through two contracts

in each province.

Straight out of Newbridge College, the

fleet-footed wing was recruited to the

Leinster Academy where a special blend

of pace and evasion were his points of

difference.

“When I first came to Leinster, it was

into a contest against the likes of Girvan

Dempsey, Denis Hickie, Shane Horgan

and Isa Nacewa with Luke Fitzgerald

and Rob Kearney for competition too.

You had top quality internationals.

“The focus for me, coming into the

Academy was on getting bigger and

stronger in the first year, while seeing if

I could compete with those guys or how

much better I had to get to challenge

them.

“It was something I was super-excited

about given how most of the Irish

backline consisted of Leinster players

with Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon

D’Arcy in the centre, Johnny Sexton on

his way.

“Michael Cheika was there at the time,

building a championship squad, and

the Academy was getting much stronger

too.”

First time around, he stayed long enough

to make his debut in a 21-17 defeat to

Glasgow in Firhill back in October 2007.

“I was lucky enough to get a first cap in

those Academy years. Personally, I felt I

went well. But, the fact we lost the game

was less than ideal,” he shares.

“It was a serious highlight for me, making

my debut. It is something you don’t

forget. I remember afterwards feeling,

‘This is what I want to do’ and how I had

to kick-on from there.”

There were no more caps for his head

and, soon enough, a decision had to be

made

“I spoke to Michael at the end of that

season and he suggested a stint in New

Zealand as the next step during the offseason,

but only with the potential of a

training contract when I came back.

“At the same time, Connacht came in

with an offer. I spoke to my parents (Evan

and Angela), Conor McPhillips, who

was finishing up, and Gavin Duffy. The

feedback I got from them led to a chat

with Michael Bradley, the coach at the

time. The opportunity to stay and play

in Ireland was something I wanted to do

rather than moving further afield.”

A happy player is one that is playing

regularly. Fionn was able to develop

through 73 caps for Connacht in three

years, scorching defences for an eyepopping

34 tries.

“I loved every minute of it. I moved down

with Ian Keatley and Seán Cronin. We

were in the same boat, eager to make

our way in the game. It was all about the

opportunities I was given and the fact I

took them.

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“I used to look for work, constantly

searching for the ball, talking to the

10 out the back, coming off the wing,

trailing guys who tended to make line

breaks, looking for mismatches against

the bigger, slower defenders.”

The licence to thrill was handed out by

Bradley, backs coach Eric Elwood and

even forwards coach Dan McFarland in

a culture of positivity that resonated with

Fionn.

“They were so encouraging, giving you

the freedom to exploit your strength as a

player. They made it easier to show my

skills as a try-scorer.”

In 2011, it also made Fionn appealing to

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt in a mutual

appreciation that smoothed the way for

his return.

“In 2009, Leinster won the Heineken

Cup. I am from Ardclough in Kildare and

I saw the chance to get in on some of the

success they were starting to have. That

was probably my main motivation at the

time. I was still quite young. I wanted to

win trophies.

“There was also the fact I found it slightly

frustrating that the Irish management

didn’t give Connacht too much of a look.

“My thinking was if I went to Leinster

and got into the team, I might get a more

favourable look from Ireland.”

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The second coming at Leinster did not go

the way Fionn wanted, despite 37 caps

in two seasons for eight tries.

“I found Joe to be a fantastic coach,

super-detailed, pretty honest with all the

players. You know where you stood with

him. I had been at Leinster two years,

and played a lot of the League matches.

For Europe, I ended up on the bench or

as the travelling reserve a lot.

“It just felt like I wasn’t getting the nod. I

never started in the Champions Cup. That

weighed on me. I felt disheartened.”

The employment of Pat Lam as Connacht

head coach looked like a match made

in heaven for Fionn as the wide-to-wide

style of play guaranteed the wings would

see plenty of the ball.

“Hindsight is a great thing. If I had

known how my time at Connacht would

go the second time around I would have

stayed at Leinster.

“I made my decision to move west

before I found out Andrew Conway was

moving to Munster and Isa Nacewa was

retiring.”

Lam had a ‘grá’ for Matt Healy, Niyi

Adeolokun, Tiernan O’Halloran as the

first choice back three. Fionn was on the

outside again, down the depth chart.

Even the PRO12 final in 2016 was a

“bitter-sweet” experience, Connacht

beating Leinster at Edinburgh.

“At that stage, the writing had been on

the wall. I had to accept that my time

in rugby was coming to an end just as

Connacht were about to win their first

trophy.”

France, England and Major League

Rugby were all investigated to varying

degrees. The 31-year-old spoke at length

to his partner Claire, now his wife, and

came to the conclusion that the time was

right to step away, begin a new career.

He played for one year with the Irish

Sevens and rejoined his childhood club

Naas, while getting work experience in

Glofox, a company co-owned by former

Connacht scrum-half Conor O’Loughlin.

The emphasis on education at Leinster

made it easier to complete a BA in

Economics and Geography in UCD,

followed by an MBA in Finance and,

later, a qualification in Aviation Leasing

and Finance from the University of

Limerick.

There was also the valuable advice of

Deirdre Lyons, the Player Development

Manager for the Rugby Players of

Ireland to steer Fionn in the right

direction.

He has worked in Aviation Leasing and

Finance as a Contracts Manager with

FPG Amentum in Hong Kong for the last

two-and-a-half years, staying in the game

by playing for Hong Kong Football Club

and helping out as a backs/skills coach.

“When an aircraft is purchased and the

lease signed, I look after the day-to-day

maintenance of the lease.”

Fionn was ushered into a new industry,

bringing much of what he had learned in

his previous professional environment.

“The high level of motivation and drive

allied to a positive attitude are the main

tools I have brought with me from rugby,”

he says.

“I felt when I started I needed to prove I

was good enough to be in there, mainly

because my curriculum vitae was 11

years of rugby.

“I don’t want to say I had a chip on my

shoulder. But, I definitely knew I had to

prove myself. FPG put trust in me. They

gave me an opportunity.

“I was grateful for that. I wanted to repay

it. I hope I am doing that.”

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Referees

Corner

BY DAN WALLACE

Welcome to another edition of Referees Corner. A warm

welcome to Chris Busby and his refereeing team. Chris is

a member of the IRFU High Performance referee team and

has been rising steadily through the ranks over recent

years. He made his URC refereeing debut - then PRO14 - on

9 October 2020 refereeing the match between Zebre and

Dragons. He recently refereed Russia v Chile and was AR2

for Portugal v Japan.

On the domestic refereeing front,

we have had a very busy start

to the season this year in the

Metropolitan Area. Our referees

were back on the pitch from mid-

August with the early season

cups. We had teams of three in

most of the cup competitions. It

is great to work as a team of

three as normally you are on

your own doing a match with

club appointed touch judges, so

to work with your colleagues

in a game is always a welcome

experience.

In the Metro Area, there are currently

133 referees and 13 trainee referees.

Referees across the province are broken

down into Panels: Panel A to Panel

F. Each panel is assigned games in

different leagues, for example Panel

A referees look after games in Leinster

League Division 1A/1B, JP Flanagan

U-20 Divisions 1 and 2, and Metro 1.

Panel A also looks after sub referee

duties for AIL Division 1A/1B and

Women’s AIL.

On any given weekend referees are

selected to adult games by their Panel

Managers and to Youth games by their

Area Representative, so for example

they could be doing an U-13 boys

Want to get

involved?

Feel free to make contact with the Leinster Rugby Referees

at hayley.whyte@leinsterrugby.ie If you are interested

in becoming a referee get in contact with us through our

Facebook, our website www.leinsterrugbyreferees.ie or

through twitter @leinsterreferee.

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game, U-18 girls game or an adult

game on a weekend. Some referees

may do a game on a Saturday and a

game on a Sunday.

When a trainee referee comes into the

organisation they are mentored and

then given a game where they are

looked at and evaluated. The evaluator

will then recommend them to become

a full member of the association once

the evaluator feels they have met the

required standard.

They will be given development points to

work on and their name is put forward

to the Leinster Rugby Referees Executive

for election. Once elected, they are

then presented with their Leinster Rugby

Referees jersey.

They then move into Panel F where they

will get further mentoring and evaluation

before they are then moved into a Panel

that suits their ability as a referee.

So far this season in Metro we have

had 10 trainee referees become full

members and we welcomed 13 new

trainee referees to Metro after the last

new members workshop in October.

Referees can be moved then through

the panels depending on their abilities

and their evaluation reports. There is a

Development Panel, which falls under

the remit of the Panel A managers,

which aims to develop referees with

potential to get to referee at AIL and

beyond.

Development Panel members can

then progress onto IPAS. IPAS is an

interprovincial programme where

development referees from each

province with potential to become

referees at AIL go outside their province

and are evaluated on games by other

provincial evaluators.

The IRFU then collate the reports and

decide on which referees they wish to

promote to AIL referees. From there

within the IRFU ranks they can become

involved in United Rugby Championship,

Heineken Champions Cup, Rugby

Europe and World Rugby appointments.

Plenty of opportunity for improvement

and progression through the ranks.

Each month, our referees meet at our

area meeting where different topics are

discussed. Our Referee Development

Manager, Sean Gallagher, brings the

referees through a presentation and

discussion around topics like game

management, scrums, breakdown.

This is to ensure that our referees have

the most up to date information and

interpretations from the IRFU on laws. It

is also a change for our referees to meet

and chat about their own games and

scenarios they came across.

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A moment captured

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Stephen McMahon of Gonzaga

celebrates kicking a conversion in

the last minute to give his side the

lead and victory during the Bank

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MATCHDAY MINIS

Blessington RFC

Squad: Rowan Healy, Zack Hudson, Aidan Ryall, Cillian

Byrne, Joshua Boland, Sebbie Brennan, Jack Flanagan,

Fionn Whelan, Adam Stanley, Sean Byrne, Kayden

McMahon, Donagh O’Brien, Cameron Cullen, Luka

Maguire Krogsrud, Seighin Beattie, Bill Doyle, Ruairí Tivnan,

Kyle Edwards, Alex Willoughby, Mathew Daly.

Coaches: Dermot Jacobs, Ruaidhrí O’Brien

Edenderry RFC

Squad: Alex Hickey, Ben McEvoy, Cara Cullen, Cian

Cooney, Cían Dixon, Ciarán Moran, Darragh McNamee,

Dominykas Tamasauskas, Donnchadh Quinn, Eamon Gill,

Fionn Mulligan, Joshua Ferguson, Kevin Tyrell, Matthew

Mulligan, Michael Glennon, Paul Byrne, Seán Monahan,

Seán Usher, Tadhg McNamee, Troy Moody

Coaches: Niall McEvoy, Jim Quinn

St Bridget’s RFC

Squad: Ben Roche, Charlie Roche, Luke Herangi, Peter

Donnelly, Sean Davis, Thomas McDonnell, Jonnie Falkner,

Ewan Mahon, Louis Holton, Lauri Cryan, Alex Mooney,

Harry Stanley, Jonathan Reynolds, Paddy Rigby, Charlie

Duggan, Leo Rowley, Alex Griffin, Harry Grennan, Jacob

Owens, Kyle Lawson

Coaches: Pete Herangi, Brendan Roche

Suttonians RFC

Squad: Ruaraidh McArdle Moore,Henry James, Cillian

Sexton, Rex Dunleavy, Danny O’Brien, Michael MacCanna,

Leni Smyth, Cian MacDonald, Rian MacLaughlin, Leo

Plunkett, Louis Richardson, Jake Allen, Arran Holmes,

Stephen Kingswood, Sean Marchand, Liam McAllorum,

Bruno Sainz Gonzales, Jamie Molnar, Oisin Moroney,

Tavish Stokes, Oliver Whelan, Aidan Molloy, Cathal Loftus.

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Men’s Energia All-Ireland

League update

With seven rounds of this seasons

Men’s Energia All-Ireland League

having now been completed, with

round eight taking place over this

weekend, the 18 Leinster clubs

across the five divisions have had

mixed fortunes but in the main

have performed well to date.

Indeed, within the five divisions three are

led by Leinster clubs, Clontarf in Division

1A, while Greystones in Division 2B

and Skerries in Division 2C both remain

unbeaten in this season’s campaign.

In Division 1A, Clontarf pave the way

and sit two points clear of second-placed

Lansdowne who are the only team to

have beaten the north siders to date.

Both teams have accounted for title

holders Cork Constitution who lie in third

place.

Dublin University are in sixth position

after winning their last two games away

to Lansdowne and a comprehensive

home victory over Young Munster.

Terenure are in seventh place after

accounting for UCD in their last outing,

with the students sitting in eighth

position, with their two victories to date

being against the two teams that sit

below them, fellow students UCC and

Ballynahinch.

In Division 1B, Old Wesley lead the way

of the five Leinster clubs competing and

sit in second place, their only defeat

coming against league leaders Highfield

who remain unbeaten to date. St Mary’s

are in third place, two points behind Old

Wesley, having won their last five games

in a row. The Templeville outfit have

bounced back after losing their opening

two games to the sides placed ahead of

them in the table.

Naas are in sixth place on the same

points as Shannon after beating the

Limerick team away from home in their

last outing. Old Belvedere and Navan sit

in seventh and ninth place respectively

with both clubs on the same points, they

will both look to change their fortunes

over the remainder of the season to lift

them further up the league table.

MU Barnhall are the sole Leinster

representative in Division 2A and sit in

sixth place. They started the season with

a flourish winning their opening three

matches and will look to regain that form

after losing their last four outings.

Greystones top the table in Division 2B

where they remain unbeaten to date.

The Wicklow teams unblemished record,

which includes six bonus points, has seen

them amass a 12-point lead over second

placed Wanderers. Blackrock have

moved up to fifth place having beaten

Wanderers away from home in their last

outing. Malahide are in ninth place with

their only success to date coming against

bottom-placed Galwegians.

Skerries also have a 100 per cent record

and top the table in Division 2C but are

only two points clear of second-placed

Enniscorthy, whose only defeat to date

came at the hands of the Skerries men.

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Tullamore sit in third place making it a

one, two, three for the Leinster clubs in

the division.

So, as we approach the halfway stage

of this season’s league campaign, and

reverse fixtures start to commence,

the position is looking healthy for

the majority of Leinster clubs as they

challenge for titles and promotion playoffs.

The men’s Energia All-Ireland League to

date this season has produced matches

of the highest quality across all five

divisions. There has been a significant

increase in attendances at matches which

highlights the importance of the league

to the domestic game across the country.

Our 18 Leinster clubs are certainly

played their part.

P.S. To date out of a total of 175 matches

scheduled in this season’s league

campaign, seven matches have been

cancelled due to Covid. Each cancelled

match recorded as a nil-all score with

each team receiving two league points.

All clubs are to be commended for the

manner in which they have dealt with

restrictions and are making every effort

to ensure that the Energia All-Ireland

League will be completed with the

minimum of disruption.

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Connacht 46

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Connacht’s admirable sense of adventure at a wind and

rain-lashed Sportsground was rewarded with a 46-18

bonus-point win over the Ospreys.

The Westerners led 18-11 at

half-time after playing into the

big wind, Mack Hansen touching

down after just 129 seconds and

debutant centre Shayne Bolton

and Oran McNulty also scoring

tries.

Luke Morgan had an opportunist score

for the Ospreys, with Stephen Myler

booting two penalties to Jack Carty’s

one.

Sam Arnold and Joe Hawkins swapped

seven-pointers, making it 25-18, before

Morgan’s 58th-minute high tackle saw

him sin-binned and concede a penalty try.

As the Ospreys fell to their second United

Rugby Championship defeat, Connacht

replacements Caolin Blade and Conor

Fitzgerald made it a seven-try success.

The hosts took off at a rate of knots in

the difficult conditions, Carty’s long pass

finding winger Hansen, who stepped

inside two defenders for an unconverted

try.

Myler and Carty traded penalties for an

8-3 scoreline before another quick-fire

attack - finished by 20-year-old South

African Bolton - was rewarded with five

more points.

Carty missed the conversion, as did

Myler after a Connacht attack broke

down, Owen Watkin twice hacked

through and winger Morgan got the

grounding for his try.

However, young full-back McNulty then

took advantage of a defensive slip to

scamper over from 45 metres out.

The visitors, who went close through

hooker Elvis Taione, returned fire when

Myler cut the gap to seven points.

Connacht were the aggressors on the

resumption, centre Arnold brilliantly

breaking through a couple of tackles

to crash over. Carty squeezed over the

conversion.

Back came the Ospreys, successive scrum

penalties leading to Rhys Webb releasing

teenage centre Hawkins to go in under

the posts. Myler’s kick made it a sevenpoint

game again.

Webb was well positioned to deny

Connacht replacement Jack Aungier

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a try, but Morgan’s high tackle on the

newly-introduced Peter Robb, as he

sought to score in the right corner, was a

killer blow.

Connacht dominated the remainder,

Blade wriggling free from Reuben

Morgan-Williams’ grasp to go in under

the posts. Carty unselfishly sent Fitzgerald

over in the final few minutes.

CONNACHT: Oran McNulty; Alex

Wootton, Shayne Bolton (Peter Robb

56), Sammy Arnold (Eoghan Masterson

64), Mack Hansen; Jack Carty, Kieran

Marmion (Caolin Blade 58); Matthew

Burke (Jordan Duggan 58), Dave

Heffernan (Jack Aungier 52), Finlay

Bealham (Shane Delahunt 52); Niall

Murray (Oisin Dowling 35), Ultan

Dillane; Jarrad Butler, Conor Oliver, Paul

Boyle (Conor Fitzgerald 64).

OSPREYS: Dan Evans; Max Nagy (Cai

Evans 60), Owen Watkin, Joe Hawkins,

Luke Morgan; Stephen Myler, Rhys Webb

(Reuben Morgan-Williams 62); Nicky

Smith (Gareth Thomas 31), Elvis Taione

(Sam Parry 48), Tom Botha (Jack Regan

58); Bradley Davies, Rhys Davies (Rhys

Henry 58); Sam Cross (William Griffiths

48), Jac Morgan, Ethan Roots (Morgan

Morris 62).

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connacht squad

Head coach

Andy Friend

Andy Friend took over the reins at

Connacht in 2018, joining from the

Australian Sevens team.

His coaching career has taken in wellknown

clubs across both the southern

and northern hemispheres.

The Australia native presided over

Premiership side Harlequins for three

years in the mid-noughties before

returning to Canberra to take the head

coach position with Brumbies.

He also coached Canon Eagles and

Suntory Sungoliath in the Japanese Top

League.

Captain

Jack Carty

Flanker Jarrad Butler held the

role of captain in Ireland’s

western province from 2018,

while Ireland international outhalf

Jack Carty has recently been

named as matchday captain for

the side.

The now 29-year-old has 160

appearances for his province with a

further 10 caps for Ireland.

Originally from Athlone, Carty played

during his formative years with Marist

College and Buccaneers.

FORWARDS

JACK AUNGIER

PROP

FINLAY BEALHAM

PROP

PAUL BOYLE

BACK-ROW

DENIS BUCKLEY

PROP

MATTHEW BURKE

PROP

JARRAD BUTLER

BACK-ROW

SHANE DELAHUNT

HOOKER

ULTAN DILLANE

LOCK

OISIN DOWLING

LOCK

JORDAN DUGGAN

PROP

LEVA FIFITA

LOCK

DAVE HEFFERNAN

HOOKER

SAM ILLO

PROP

EOGHAN MASTERSON

BACK-ROW

SEAN MASTERSON

BACK-ROW

PADDY MCALLISTER

PROP

GREG MCGRATH

PROP

JONNY MURPHY

HOOKER

NIALL MURRAY

LOCK

CONOR OLIVER

BACK-ROW

ABRAHAM PAPALII

NO. 8

CIAN PRENDERGAST

FLANKER

DOMINIC ROBERTSON-MCCOY

PROP

GAVIN THORNBURY

LOCK

DYLAN TIERNEY-MARTIN

HOOKER

BACKS

BUNDEE AKI

CENTRE

SAMMY ARNOLD

CENTRE

CAOLIN BLADE

SCRUM-HALF

SHAYNE BOLTON

FULLBACK

JACK CARTY

FLY-HALF

TOM DALY

CENTRE

TOM FARRELL

CENTRE

CONOR FITZGERALD

FLY-HALF

HUBERT GILVARRY

SCRUM-HALF

MACK HANSEN

WING

MATT HEALY

WING

DIARMUID KILGALLEN

WING

KIERAN MARMION

SCRUM-HALF

ORAN MCNULTY

FULLBACK

BEN O’DONNELL

WING

TIERNAN O’HALLORAN

FULLBACK

JOHN PORCH

FULLBACK

COLM REILLY

SCRUM-HALF

PETER ROBB

CENTRE

PETER SULLIVAN

WING

ALEX WOOTTON

WING

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Club in Focus

WANDERERS FC

“People with Down Syndrome

need to feel loved, valued

and included.” Beauden Barrett.

It started out as an idea.

It ended up as a social

media sensation.

The sight of the Together

Academy performing the Haka

in front of the All Blacks the day

before Ireland’s win exploded

worldwide last month.

All Blacks respect TA Haka

It all evolved out of the connection

made between the Academy, the IRFU

and the Barrett brothers, Beauden,

Jordi and Scott, who have been vocal

about supporting the Down Syndrome

community in light of their little sister Zara.

“We made a connection to Zara

Barrett, Beauden and Jordi’s sister, who

has Down Syndrome,” says Together

Academy founder Therese Coveney.

“It was never meant to be a huge event.

We had only two days notice. We

engaged the Maori community in Dublin

and two great guys came and trained the

lads properly.

“Elverys jumped aboard to sponsor

jerseys. Tony Doyle Coaches gave us

a bus and we were off to perform the

Haka.

“The Together Academy students did

an amazing job. It was very moving. It

turned into a huge event because the

All Blacks released it onto their social

platforms.”

At last count, it registered more than two

million hits on Twitter, one-and-a-half

million views on Instagram and over

seven-and-a-half million downloads on

TikTok, bringing a spotlight onto a new

venture.

The Together Academy is a training

college and social enterprise for young

adults with Down Syndrome.

“It was set up because of the

unacceptable statistic that 90 per cent of

adults with Down Syndrome in Ireland

are not in paid employment,” says

Therese.

“We have a daughter, April, with DS

and that statistic really bothered me.

I think everyone can acknowledge it

is unacceptable. I spent nearly two

years researching projects, locally and

internationally, that worked for adults

with intellectual disabilities with our

Programme Manager, Cathy Smith.

“At the moment, a young adult receives

their disability payment and goes into

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Together Academy Haka

Therese Coveney China McGowan (middle) and

Cathy Smith, Co founder, Programme manager.

day service provision. For many, that is

the limit of their working opportunity.

“These days, children born with

intellectual disabilities are getting speech

therapy, occupational therapy and are

often going to mainstream schools.

“There is not the same societal change

for these people as adults as there is for

them as kids. It is something I was really

aware of.

“They were not benefiting from skills that

would make it easier to find a job.”

The research Therese and Cathy

embarked on revealed how Down

Syndrome men and women learn best

through visual stimulation and repetition.

The decision was taken to find a way of

giving them proper rigorous training and

work experience.

Enter Wanderers.

Last year, the club celebrated 150 years

in existence and there has been an

elevated commitment to reach out to the

community.

This led to a mutually beneficial

partnership to house the Together

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Academy’s education programme in the

clubhouse.

Together Academy at Wanderers FC

“I pitched the idea to Wanderers. They

have been fantastic. They have a very

progressive board,” says Therese.

“There is a lot of talk about diversity and

inclusion in sport. What does that really

mean, in practical terms?

“When the club spoke to me about their

vision, I included the observation that ‘If

we can make this work in Wanderers, we

can make it work anywhere’. After all, in

every county in Ireland, there are underutilised

clubhouses.

“This is a pilot programme, something

that can be scaled up. The concept is to

show how it can work as a commercial

business and to show other people

around the country how to do it.

“In the end, we are trying to challenge

the current lived experience of an adult

with Down Syndrome in Ireland today.”

The Education Training Board (ETB)

is now funding the ‘employment and

culinary skills course’ at Wanderers.

An old billiards room was renovated into

a classroom and the kitchen off the bar

upstairs was perfect for the plan to open

up the ‘Together Academy Café’, where

their learning could be put to use in a

practical way.

At the moment, there are 17 young

adult students on site from Monday to

Thursday, benefiting from funding by

the ETB and Pobal, a government body

working to support communities and local

agencies in achieving social inclusion

and development.

“When the cafe is open, the students will

come into contact with the club members,

the players, the coaches and the general

public.

“This will be the basis for building their

confidence and their skills over two

years so that they will have the option of

independent employment.”

To this point, the opening of the

‘Cafe’ has been paused due to the

complications around Covid and

the response has been to adapt and

overcome.

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This is a pilot programme,

something that can be scaled up.

The concept is to show how it can

work as a commercial business

and to show other people around

the country how to do it.

A luxury hamper business was created in

which 350 were sold out within 72 hours

and a further 520 sold out in double

quick time in a tremendous example of

commercial flexibility.

Unfortunately, Down Syndrome adults

can lose motivation. Health and wellbeing

are a huge part of keeping them

interested. That is why they start every

day with 15-20 minutes of exercise on the

pitches at Merrion Road.

including a blitz for local schools St

Patrick’s Ringsend, Scoil Chaitriona

Baggot St, St Christopher’s and St

Conleth’s Junior School which had

brought 139 fifth class pupils to the club.

There is also a lift in numbers at Minis

and Youths rugby with teams all the way

up to U-17 and the first girls specific

training team (8-12 years old).

men’s teams, the first team challenging for

promotion from AIL 2B, the women team

and the U-20s.

These are exciting times at Wanderers

with a state-of-the-art complex planned to

embrace their push to rebuild.

The ultimate aim is to rebrand Wanderers

as a community-based sports and

recreational club, and a successful

trophy-winning club with rugby as its

primary sport.

The partnership with the Together

Academy is just one example of how

one old club is embracing a new way

forward.

If you would like to make a donation

to the Together Academy, please

visit the website:

www.togetheracademy.ie

The Together Academy is one element

of Wanderers wider plan to increase

engagement with the local community.

There is greater interaction with the local

schools, led by CCRO Ger O’Reilly,

The performance of the Dublin Sports

Club (DSC) Wanderers Touch Rugby

teams have provided players for both

the Men’s and Women’s Irish touch

teams this season on top of the U-20s,

Therese Coveney

the women’s team and the three adult

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jack

boyle

THE ACADEMY

INTERVIEW

BY PAUL CAHILL

Picture the scene. You

have come home from

the shops on a warm

summer’s afternoon,

only to find most of the

contents of your shed

dumped out into the back

garden as your son has

converted the shed into

a makeshift gym.

As was the case with most

professional and aspiring rugby

players during the height of

lockdown, they had to make do.

Jack Boyle, the Leinster Academy prop

was no different.

Having lost a Bank of Ireland Schools

Cup semi-final with St Michael’s to

Newbridge, Boyle was desperate to keep

training but all around him Covid-19 was

taking hold in society and amenities and

gyms were starting to close.

“I was in sixth year at the time and we

were told that the school was closing in

March so I couldn’t do much training.

“But then in May, I got a lot of gym gear

dropped off to the house. It was just

before the Leaving Cert, so I couldn’t

be out the back all of the time but it was

great to get it!

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“I had pretty much taken over the shed

with plates, barbells, dumbbells, a bench

press, the whole lot. Everything else

took a back seat! We had to leave the

lawnmower out on the grass most of the

time!”

Boyle came through St Michael’s College

having played with a number of other

Leinster senior and Academy players, but

he was given a great grounding in the

game at his local club.

Old Wesley is a club that was, and still is,

very close to the Boyle family.

“My dad brought me down to Wesley

to start playing minis when I was four or

five, and I was there for about 10 years.

My dad and my uncles all played with

Old Wesley for years. My cousin then

joined and he is still playing there now.

So lots of the family still go down to

watch his matches.”

As a youngster, he would regularly go

to the RDS Arena with family to watch

Leinster.

He even had the pleasure of being

mascot as a six-year-old against the

Scarlets in 2008 and of course, who was

captain that day? None other than our

current head coach, Leo Cullen.

“Yeah, that photo pops up every now

and again,” he says with a laugh, “and

it’s thrown up during plenty of meetings

too!”

Those early years helped mould young

Boyle’s love for rugby.

“I used to go to every game in the RDS

when I was young. I would always have

gone with my dad, Herbie, but then in

first or second year, you think you’re class

and you want to go with your friends.”

While rugby was always a big part of his

life, it was only when he walked through

the gates of St Michael’s College did it

really take hold.

“I went into St Michael’s in first year, and

the U-13 cup became the biggest thing.

You’re on top of the world if you can win

that.”

Boyle entered St Michael’s during a

golden period as they fought in the latter

stages of the Junior Cup and the Senior

Cup every year.

Jack watched on in first year and was

desperate to be a part of that.

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“When I was in second year I got onto

the Junior Cup team. We lost the Junior

Cup final to Blackrock in the worst game

ever.

“The following year, we managed to

get a little bit of revenge by beating

Blackrock in the Junior Cup final after a

replay, which was fantastic. That was a

big day, I loved it.”

Having finished the junior cycle, Jack

was pushing to break straight into the St

Michael’s Senior Cup squad two years

early.

His effort and persistence paid off.

“In fourth year, I was on the senior cup

team with Ryan Baird and Scott Penny.

It was great to be in the squad. We lost

the semi-final that year. But, the following

year we won the cup, beating Gonzaga

in the final.

“Then in sixth year, we lost to Newbridge

in the semi-finals just before the

competition was cancelled. We had a

good team. Chris Cosgrave and Lee

Barron were also in my year. They are

also in the Leinster Academy now.”

With one Junior Cup and one Senior Cup

title to his name, Boyle looks back on his

schools rugby career with great fondness.

“That was the most enjoyable team

environment I’ve ever played in. You’re

playing with your best friends every

day. It’s different to a Leinster or Ireland

set up where everyone is trying to turn

professional. It’s unreal being best mates

with lads and going out and beating a

team. You can’t beat it.”

Moving into UCD in September 2020,

Jack was looking forward to a new start

in his college life beginning a Commerce

degree, as well as a new start in his

rugby career with UCD RFC.

But, with no games taking place due to

lockdown, that opportunity never came.

“Last year, I didn’t get to play at all. We

were just in lockdown for so long. The

only games I got to play last year were

a few Leinster ‘A’ games, and then the

U-20 Six Nations in July. So basically,

just training for the full year until the Six

Nations last summer.”

But, those games at the end of last season

were quite significant for Boyle as he

made his mark with the Irish U-20 side.

Two second half turnover penalties in the

opening win against Scotland were a

high point at the end of a year without

much rugby.

“After I played Leinster U-18s twice,

the U-19s and 20s were both

cancelled. So we hadn’t played much

at all up to that point.”

After good wins over

Scotland, Wales and

Italy, narrow defeats

to England and France

meant that there was no

silverware for the Irish

U-20s. But Boyle looks

back at his first outing

with the team with pride.

“I didn’t realise the

extent of the exposure the

team gets during the U-20

Six Nations. It’s so class. I

probably underestimated

that.

“I would tell all of the lads ahead of this

year how big it is and enjoy every minute

of it because it’s a big deal. You play

one game and you’re already looking

forward to the next game. It’s class

playing in one or two of those

games, but a full tournament is

great.”

With a global pandemic in

full flow as he left school, Jack

has had to take a rather

unorthodox pathway to

the Leinster Academy.

“Because the Leinster

U-19s and U-20s

were cancelled,

there was only a

handful of us in

the sub-Academy

down in Energia

Park.

“During the

pandemic, there

were only six

of us able to

go training and

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we were only allowed to use our own

ball. So it was hard to keep ticking over.

But I knew the U-20s last summer was a

big deal.”

That U-20 Six Nations tournament led to

a huge moment for Jack.

Having turned 18 just a few months

before the tournament, he was expecting

to spend another year in the Leinster

sub-Academy before another crack at the

Six Nations. Instead, he received the call

every young rugby player hopes for.

“Some of the lads were offered an

Academy contract around March that

year, but I’m a year younger than most

lads so I didn’t get that initial offer. But

then I got the call in July 2020 after I got

back from the Six Nations tournament.”

It’s a moment that he will never forget.

“I was standing in the kitchen when I got

the call.

“I just started shouting and my parents

were there too, so they figured out what I

was shouting about quite quickly.

“I then rang my school coaches,

Last year, I didn’t get to play at all. We were

just in lockdown for so long. The only games

I got to play last year were a few Leinster ‘A’

games, and then the U-20 Six Nations in July. So

basically, just training for the full year until

the Six Nations last summer.

Emmett McMahon and Andy

Skehan, to let them know

straight after as well. It was

an amazing feeling to let them

know.”

Now in his first year as an

Academy player, Jack splits

his time between Irish U-20

camp, the Ken Wall Centre of

Excellence and UCD.

It’s going to be an exciting few

months for the young prop.

“I spend a lot of time in camp

with the Irish U-20s as I’m

eligible again this year. I’m

really looking forward to that

kicking off again. That takes up

a good chunk of time. I have

had some time training with

the Leinster Senior team.

“During the international

break, I was up as I was

involved for the Leinster

‘A’ game against Ulster

‘A’. You get windows

here and there with the first team, but

I’m hoping to be more involved next

year.”

Exposure to the senior

players is something that

Boyle relishes. He plans

on learning as much as he

can from the experienced

players.

“I was on the bench for

Leinster ‘A’ a few weeks

ago. The senior players

were great to me. Seán

Cronin, Peter Dooley and

Ed Byrne, just chatting to

them. Especially as a front

rower, you can never get

too much information. They

were great to chat to and

it makes a big difference

for us young players.”

So after a year of very

little rugby activity, it’s

now all go for Boyle

with a big six months

coming up.

“Hopefully, I’ll be involved in the U-20

Six Nations this year and hopefully we

can win that. There’s the U-20 World

Cup in Australia, so I hope to be fit and

able to travel for that. That will kick off

around May. That would be a great

experience.”

Now with a small window to reflect on his

path to the Leinster Academy, Boyle

is certain who deserves a special

mention.

“When I first started going down to the

minis, I don’t think I was too keen on it.

“My dad being so persistent, he kept

bringing me down, and that definitely

played a massive role in me going on

to absolutely love the game. I have to

say, as I got a bit older, every Sunday,

no matter how early in the morning or

where we had to go, he always brought

me to grounds around the place for more

than 10 years. He definitely played a

big role.”

Here’s to all of the mums and the dads

who help kick start every rugby journey.

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Leinster Rugby Academy

Year Three 2021/22:

Leinster Rugby Academy

Year two 2021/22:

Second Row

Brian Deeny

DOB: 02/03/2000

HEIGHT: 1.99m WEIGHT: 121kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (8 caps)

Did You Know: Brian played youth rugby with Wexford

Wanderers RFC. He got his first Irish cap playing for

Ireland Under-18 Sevens. Brian played midfield for

his school St Peter’s College in Gaelic football and

reached the All-Ireland Colleges Final in 2017. He is

currently studying Science in Trinity and lives in Abbey

House B&B, Wexford...if you are looking for a room?!

Instagram: brian_deeny

wing

Niall Comerford

DOB: 06/04/2000

HEIGHT: 1.83m WEIGHT: 86kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20

Did You Know: Niall played both hurling and Gaelic

football with Kilmacud Crokes for 14 years. He also

represented Dublin in Gaelic football in the U17

Leinster Championship. He is currently studying

Commerce in UCD.

Instagram: niall_c123

Cormac Foley #1299

DOB: 24/10/1999

HEIGHT: 1.81m WEIGHT: 88kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (9 caps)

& Leinster Rugby (1 cap)

Marcus Hanan #1295

DOB: 03/10/2000

HEIGHT:1.8m WEIGHT:110.91kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (2 caps)

& Leinster Rugby (3 caps)

Scrum Half

Did You Know: Started playing rugby with Greystones

RFC when he was nine. Growing up, Cormac did a lot

of show jumping and he is now studying Economics and

Finance in UCD.

Instagram: cormacfoley6

prop

Did You Know? Marcus is from Clane in Kildare and is the

youngest of three. His dad went to the High School and then

played rugby in Old Wesley before coaching back at Clane

RFC. Marcus has Italian connections on his mother’s side with her

father, Luigi Rea, being from Italy. Marcus is studying Business

Management in Griffith College. Instagram: @marcus_hanan

Back Row

Martin Moloney #1300

DOB: 19/10/1999

HEIGHT: 1.88m WEIGHT: 99kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (5 caps) &

Leinster Rugby (1 cap)

Did You Know: Martin played hurling for Kildare and

played GAA and basketball for his secondary school,

Knockbeg College, and local GAA club, St Laurence’s.

He played his youth rugby with Athy RFC. He is now

studying Business and Law in UCD, He also enjoys

working on the family farm. Instagram: martin_moloney

Second Row

Joe McCarthy

DOB: 26/03/2001

HEIGHT: 1.95m WEIGHT: 119kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (3 caps)

Did You Know: Joe started playing rugby with Blackrock

College RFC at the age of six before moving to

Willow Park and then Blackrock College. He was also

on the Blackrock swim team for five years. He’s currently

studying Global Business in Trinity College Dublin.

Instagram: joetmmcc

Second Row

Charlie Ryan

DOB: 03/02/1999

HEIGHT: 2.01m WEIGHT: 115kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (15 caps)

Did You Know: Charlie played youth rugby at Blackrock

College RFC while also attending the school since

Senior Infants. He captained Ireland to the U20 Grand

Slam in 2019 and again for the U20s World Cup. His

friends call him Chuck! He is currently studying Business

and Legal Studies in UCD.

Instagram: chuck_ryan5

hooker

John McKee

DOB: 15/02/2000

HEIGHT: 1.82m WEIGHT: 105kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (12 caps)

Did You Know: John grew up in Belfast going to school

at Campbell College where he won a Senior Cup. He

was involved with Ulster at age grade level until moving

to Dublin after school. He also has multiple medals

from Northern Irish Schools Judo competitions.

Instagram: johnmckee_

Centre

Liam Turner #1287

DOB: 14/07/1999

HEIGHT: 1.73m WEIGHT: 91kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (10 caps)

& Leinster Rugby (6 caps)

Did You Know: Liam started to play rugby at the age

of six at Blackrock College RFC. He later joined

Blackrock College and was part of the 2018 Senior Cup

winning team. He was also part of the Ireland U20 team

that went on to win the 2019 Grand Slam. Liam currently

studys BESS in Trinity College. Instagram: liamtn123

Centre / Full Back

Jamie Osborne #1294

DOB: 16/11/2001

HEIGHT:1.93m WEIGHT:96.82kg

HONOURS: Leinster Rugby (9 caps)

Did you know? Jamie is studying commerce in UCD. His

grandad, Paddy Osborne, was a horse trainer in Naas,

while his dad played rugby all throughout his life and

his mum played hockey. Other than rugby, Jamie loves

all sports especially soccer, GAA and NFL. Jamie is

currently in a house with fellow Leinster Academy players

Brian Deeny, Martin Moloney and Max O’Reilly.

Instagram: @jamieosborne01

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Seán O’Brien #1297

Lee Barron

Back Row

DOB: 31/07/2000

HEIGHT: 1.90m WEIGHT: 103kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (3 caps)

& Leinster Rugby (2 caps)

Did You Know: Seán started playing rugby at age

six with Greystones RFC where he played up until Under-13.

He then played on the Junior and Senior Cup

teams in Blackrock College. He is currently studying

Economics and Finance in UCD

Instagram: seanobrien456

Hooker

DOB: 15/02/2001

HEIGHT: 1.91m WEIGHT: 108kg

Did You Know: Lee played golf growing up in the

Castle Golf Club and in the end was playing off a

handicap of eight. He has family roots in Carlow but

went to school in Dublin and attended St Michael’s College.

As well as rugby with his school, he also played

GAA and even lined out in Croke Park.

Instagram: @lleebarron

Max O’Reilly #1291

Chris Cosgrave

Full Back

DOB: 26/02/2000

HEIGHT: 1.85m WEIGHT: 86kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (3 caps) &

Leinster Rugby (7 caps)

Did You Know: Max is currently in his third year of

Business and Management in DIT. His preferred sport

was soccer until about the age of 15, which he had

played at centre midfield with Enniskerry FC for over 10

years and also for Wicklow.

Instagram: max_oreilly

full back

DOB: 24/07/2001

HEIGHT:1.83m WEIGHT:85kg

Did You Know: Chris is a member of UCD RFC, where

he is also an Ad Astra scholar studying Agricultural

Science. His athleticism is best highlighted by his feats

in the field of Athletics with All-Ireland honours to his

name in both the 4x100m relay and the Discus. Before

the UCD and St Michael’s College days, he played at

a young age with Old Belvedere RFC.

Instagram: @chriscosgrave1

Andrew Smith #1292

Mark Hernan

DOB: 21/07/2000

HEIGHT: 1.83m WEIGHT: 91kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (3 caps) &

Leinster Rugby (2 caps)

DOB: 04/07/2000

HEIGHT: 1.88m WEIGHT: 99kg

Back Three

Did You Know: Andrew is currently studying Quantity

Surveying and Construction Economics in TUD. In

2019, he won the Leinster Schools Senior Cup with St

Michael’s College. Andrew also played Gaelic football

with his local club - Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club.

Instagram: andrew.sm1th

Flanker

Did You Know: Mark was coached by Ross Molony,

Josh Murphy, Ross Byrne and Nick McCarthy when in

St. Michael’s College. His grandfather Fergus O’Brien

was Lord Mayor of Dublin and his father, Ray, played

for Connacht seniors and Ireland u25s.

Instagram: @mark_hernani

Alex Soroka #1296

Temi Lasisi

Back Row

DOB: 19/02/2001

HEIGHT: 1.95m WEIGHT: 104.5kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (7 caps)

& Leinster Rugby (2 caps)

Did You Know: Alex’s family moved to Ireland from

Ukraine shortly before his birth. He was born in Cork

before moving to Dublin.

Instagram: alex._.soroka

prop

DOB: 09/05/2001

HEIGHT: 1.78m WEIGHT: 115.8kg

Did You Know: The TUD Mechanical Engineering

student originally picked up the oval ball in Enniscorthy

before later moving to Lansdowne FC. Temi rose

through the ranks in the Youths system, his first outing

with the province came at U-18 level against Northampton.

He also describes himself as a ‘competent

pianist’.

Instagram: @lasisi.temi

Leinster Rugby Academy

Year one 2021/22:

Scrum half

Ben Murphy

DOB: 23/04/2001

HEIGHT: 1.75m WEIGHT: 80kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (3 caps)

& Leinster Rugby (1 cap)

Did You Know: Ben played all different sports growing

up including football, GAA and golf and won an 800m

gold in the U-14 East Leinsters. He is studying economics

in UCD. Ben’s father Richie played for Leinster

Rugby and has coached at all levels of the game and is

the current Ireland U-20s head coach. I

nstagram: @ben._murphy01

Jack Boyle

DOB: 10/03/2002

HEIGHT: 1.85m WEIGHT: 106kg

HONOURS: Ireland U20 (4 caps)

Rob Russell #1302

DOB: 13/01/1999

HEIGHT: 1.83m WEIGHT: 90kg

Leinster Rugby (2 caps)

Prop

Did You Know: Jack’s father, Herbie, and uncles, Colon

and Eric, all represented Old Wesley rugby club for

years. His cousin Stephen Boyle also represented the

Leinster Rugby youths. Jack is currently studying for a

Commerce Degree in UCD.

Instagram: @jackboyle1

Full Back / Wing

Did You Know: Rob is currently in his final year of

Business and Management in DIT. He started playing

rugby at the age of five with Wanderers RFC. He also

played football up to minor level with Kilmacud Crokes

and it took priority over rugby until he left school.

Instagram: @robrussell7

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fixtures and

results 2021/22

Date

25/09

03/10

09/10

16/10

22/10

27/11

KO/

Result

W

31-3

W

7-6

W

43-7

Opposiotion Venue 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 1 2

URC VODACOM

BULLS

URC DRAGONS

Aviva

Stadium

Rodney

Parade

URC ZEBRE RDS Arena J O’BRIEN

KEENAN O’LOUGHLIN RINGROSE FRAWLEY LOWE

SEXTON

3C 1P

MCGRATH

PORTER

1T

SHEEHAN

KEENAN RUSSELL RINGROSE C O’BRIEN O’LOUGHLIN R BYRNE GIBSON-PARK PORTER SHEEHAN

A BYRNE

2T

OSBORNE

FRAWLEY

W

50-15 URC SCARLETS RDS Arena KEENAN LARMOUR RINGROSE FRAWLEY

1C

W

31-15

URC GLASGOW

Scotstoun

Stadium

KEENAN

1T

A BYRNE

1T

L

10-20 URC ULSTER RDS Arena J O’BRIEN A BYRNE HENSHAW

1T

LARMOUR

1T

LOWE

RINGROSE FRAWLEY LOWE

FRAWLEY

LARMOUR

H BYRNE

SEXTON

1C 1P

R BYRNE

4C 1P

R BYRNE

1C 1P

MCGRATH

GIBSON-PARK

MCGRATH

E BYRNE

1T

PORTER

1T

HEALY

CRONIN

1T

KELLEHER

1T

KELLEHER

1T

MCGRATH E BYRNE TRACY

03/12 19:45 URC CONNACHT RDS Arena

11 Dec 15:15 HCC BATH

17 Dec 20:00 HCC MONTPELLIER

26/12 19:35 URC MUNSTER

01/01 19:35 URC ULSTER

Aviva

Stadium

GGL (Altrad)

Stadium

Thomond

Park

Kingspan

Stadium

07/01 19:35 URC SIGMA LIONS RDS Arena

16 Jan 13:00 HCC MONTPELLIER RDS Arena

22 Jan 13:00 HCC BATH

28/29/30

Jan

18/19/20

Feb

04/05/06

Mar

25/26/27

Mar

01/02/03

Apr

22/23/24

Apr

29/30/01

Apr

20/21/22

May

TBC

URC CARDIFF

RUGBY

Recreation

Ground

Cardiff Arms

Park

TBC URC OSPREYS RDS Arena

TBC

URC BENETTON

tadio

Monigo

TBC URC CONNACHT Sportsground

TBC URC MUNSTER RDS Arena

TBC

TBC

URC CELL C

SHARKS

URC DHL

STORMERS

Jonsson

Kings Park

Green Point

Stagium

TBC URC EDINBURGH RDS Arena

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3 4 5 6 7 8 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

ALAALATOA MOLONY J RYAN RUDDOCK

VAN DER FLIER

1T

ALAALATOA MOLONY RYAN RUDDOCK VAN DER FLIER

ALAALATOA BAIRD TONER LEAVY

FURLONG MOLONY RYAN

DORIS

2T

PENNY

1T

VAN DER FLIER

DORIS

DEEGAN

1T

RUDDOCK

CONAN

FURLONG MOLONY BAIRD DORIS LEAVY CONAN

TRACY

1T

E BYRNE HEALY BAIRD DEEGAN GIBSON-PARK

R BYRNE

1T 1C

TRACY E BYRNE HEALY BAIRD LEAVY N MCCARTHY C FRAWLEY

KELLEHER

1T

SHEEHAN

2T

SHEEHAN

1T

DOOLEY HEALY MOLONY DEEGAN N MCCARTHY

HEALY

1T

ALAALATOA BAIRD RUDDOCK MCGRATH

SEXTON

4C

R BYRNE

3C

OSBORNE

S PENNY

[UNUSED]

RUSSELL

T O’BRIEN

E BYRNE ALAALATOA TONER RUDDOCK GIBSON-PARK OSBORNE VAN DER FLIER

FURLONG MOLONY TONER LEAVY PENNY RUDDOCK CRONIN DOOLEY ABDALADZE DEEGAN CONNORS N MCCARTHY H BYRNE T O’BRIEN

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Gender-Based Violence campaign.

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matchday

Squads

Hugo Keenan

Jordan Larmour

Garry Ringrose

Robbie Henshaw

James Lowe

Harry Byrne

Luke McGrath [C]

15

14

13

12

11

10

9

FULL BACK

RIGHT WING

OUTSIDE CENTRE

INSIDE CENTRE

LEFT WING

FLY HALF

SCRUM HALF

Oran McNulty

Alex Wootton

Sam Arnold

Peter Robb

Mack Hansen

Jack Carty [C]

Kieran Marmion

officials

REFEREE:

CHRIS BUSBY

(IRFU, 14TH COMPETITION GAME)

ASSISTANT REFEREES:

EOGHAN CROSS (IRFU)

OISIN QUINN (IRFU)

TMO:

OLLY HODGES (IRFU)

Cian Healy

Dan Sheehan

Michael Ala’alatoa

Ryan Baird

Devin Toner

Rhys Ruddock

Josh van der Flier

Caelan Doris

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

LOOSE HEAD PROP

HOOKER

TIGHT HEAD PROP

SECOND ROW

SECOND ROW

BLINDSIDE FLANKER

OPENSIDE FLANKER

NUMBER 8

Matthew Burke

Dave Heffernan

Finlay Bealham

Oisín Dowling

Ultan Dillane

Eoghan Masterson

Conor Oliver

Jarrad Butler

Rónan Kelleher

Andrew Porter

Vakh Abdaladze

Josh Murphy

Max Deegan

Nick McCarthy

Ross Byrne

Tommy O’Brien

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

REPLACEMENT

REPLACEMENT

REPLACEMENT

REPLACEMENT

REPLACEMENT

REPLACEMENT

REPLACEMENT

REPLACEMENT

Shane Delahunt

Jordan Duggan

Jack Aungier

Leva Fifita

Cian Prendergast

Caolin Blade

Conor Fitzgerald

Tom Farrell


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Parting Shot

27 November 2021

Action from the Bank of Ireland

Half-Time Minis between

Ashbourne RFC and Wicklow RFC

at the United Rugby Championship

match between Leinster and Ulster

at the RDS Arena. Photo by David

Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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