Four University of Limerick (UL) students have been named in the Ireland Under-20 rugby squad announced by Head Coach Nigel Carolan on Wednesday.
Lock Fineen Wycherley is due to start Friday’s Six Nations opener against Scotland with Adam Moloney, Jack Lyons and Conor Fitzgerald named as replacements.
The full squad, which has been training in Dublin this week, includes eight UL students with seven of them coming from Kemmy Business School (KBS).
First-year business studies students Liam Coombes, Peadar Collins, Conor Fitzgerald and Jack Lyons were all called up, as were economics and sociology students John Foley, Fineen Wycherley and Gavin Coombes. Adam Moloney is a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management student.
Highlighting the recent opening of the €9.5 million Munster Rugby high performance centre at UL, Dr Philip O'Regan, Dean of KBS, said: “The university's partnership with Munster Rugby is very important to all of us here on campus and participating at any level in the academy is a terrific opportunity for young, aspiring rugby players”.
“To top this with securing international recognition is an outstanding achievement for students, who have to combine a busy academic diary with their rugby commitment. We are all delighted to acknowledge the achievements of the ‘magnificent seven’ from KBS in being selected for the under-20 Six Nations’ squad and to wish them individually and collectively the very best of luck over the next eight weeks”, he added.
The Ireland U-20 team last won the Six Nations Championship in 2010, when current Munster and Ireland international star Simon Zebo played in the side.
Announcing the squad selection, Head Coach Nigel Carolan said: "As is the nature of Under-20 rugby, there is fresh look to the side, the majority of the guys haven't played at this level before, however many have gotten good game-time with their provincial 'A' teams in the British and Irish Cup this season, so that should stand to them."
Ireland will kick off their U-20 campaign against Scotland on Friday, February 3 in Glasgow. The match will be shown live on RTÉ 2 at 8.15pm.