Leinster schools u18s beat Italy in a pre interpro warm up today. The touring Italian side have already beaten Munster u18 schools and lost to an Ulster u19 side.
Connacht have pulled out of the schools interpros so the remaining provinces are now playing home and away to get 4 games each in the September series.
Connacht have posted their schools league fixtures up on their website while the various B and C cups and leagues in Munster have been published on the Munster website.
What's the reasoning behind Connacht dropping out?
Pretty weak pack this year for Leinster schools bar Milne and Baird.
Ulster are favourites this year IMO.
I was at the game between Leinster schools and Italy 18s. Centres very impressive, in particular Ryan with two tries. The 6 had a very good game. Milne is an incredible prospect and has been training with the 20s this summer. Baird brilliant as always and Hawkshaw did well off the bench
Interpros have started.
Munster schools beat Ulster 18-15.
Munster beat Leinster 8-3 in next of the interpros which was played in Thomond today
Has the age grade program in Leinster gone backwards recently. There was a time when Leinster losing a game at this level was a major surprise. They won the schools inter-pro for something like 9 years in a row. Now it looks as if the other provinces have the upper hand. Not in the loop so whats the consensus? Why are we losing with the resources at our disposal?
Leinster had won the Schools u18 interpros for over a decade straight so not winning the title isn't really an issue as other provinces have caught up to some extent.
Leinster will nearly always dominate based on numbers playing and advantages that brings but sometimes others will be able to compete.
bit of both.. leinster have gone backwards and the others have improved.
Leinster are doing a poor job at developing creative/highly skilled backlines at underage level.. they've overcome this using a big pack. This years team does not have a big pack that can boss their opposition.
Leinster are also missing two players who had experience at this level in Charlie Ryan and Harry Byrne. And had Hawkshaw on the bench.
Leinster's inability to play heads up creative rugby at underage level and always playing to a prescribed system. They have a good deal of individual talent in the team but the coaches have done a poor job in recent years translating that to a functional team.
Leinster played against a 14 man Munster for 20 minutes and weren't able to break them down and score a try. 3 points at this level is simply unacceptable. Hopefully they can really improve on that as it is not reflective of the individual talent level of some of the players in that team.
Schools interpros continue and plenty of friendlies on.
Munster can essentially win series with a win over Ulster tomorrow.
Connacht leagues starting next Wednesday...
Leagues starting in Connacht tomorrow.
Limerick city cups also starting
Some leagues starting in Leinster tomorrow.
Anyone been to a game yet?
Interpros now over so those players should be drifting back for the "friendlies" now and the league games
I know a few results and how games have gone. Gonzaga gave Terenure a bit of a shock last week Nure started very slowly went 17-0 down in opening 15 and paid the price. Two decent teams but nothing amazing Nure probably aiming more for next year. Mary's beat High School minus a few leinster reps (mary's reps that is but you probably guessed that) 20-7 or something like that. Close game. De la Salle beat Conleths and sandford none of them going to go anywhere based on those games. In the league Conleths drew with Skerries again though neither team great. High School put a cricket score on St Pats not sure how you'd look at that pats have lost a lot of big players and high school have 3/4's of a team returning. That's all the results I know.