Very troubling to hear Leinster Academy pushing players to clubs that they want to and actively encourage to break rule 6. If Sullivan plays for Rock he should be reported. UCD as well as other colleges all over varying degrees of scholarship from Ad Astra down to University fees, 50% of Masters Fee, CAO points, Monthly living allowance. Most 20s and senior team startters are all on some sort of scholarship as they call it but breaking the rules is what other clubs call it.
Academy also now pushing sub academy players to play AIL but they are mostly apart from 6/7 lads not up to it physically yet & by default they are devaluing the 20s League and pushing players that dont make it at AIL out of school out of rugby. Kuke McGrath, Dan Leavy, James Ryan, Max Deegan, Jack Coonan, Joey Carberry, Tadgh Beirne all played 20s with their clubs and it did them no harm. Now 40 or so sub academy lads are being told they must play AIL to be considered even though they will only pick 6/7 of them from pre determined positions. It is very short sighted of the pro game that gets all of its players from the amuteur game and will mean less players playing rugby after 20s than before