Irish rugby | Ireland’s budding squad has been selected for the Toyota Challenge in Bloemfontein

The Irish coaching group has selected the 35-man squad that will travel to South Africa in late September to play in the Toyota Challenge. The Emerging Ireland Committee will hold a three-day camp at the IRFU High Performance Center in Dublin before traveling to Bloemfontein to play against three Currie Cup teams – the Griquas, Pumas and Cheetahs.

The team has four players – Robert Balcon (2 capsules), kaolin blade (1 cap), Shane Daly (2 caps) and Max Degan (1 cap) – and three players who played against Maori All Blacks over the summer: Ciaran Frawley, Joe McCarthy And the Sian Prendergast.

Jimmy Osborne And the Tom Ahern Both trained with Ireland’s senior squad as development players.

Eight players featured in the Ireland U-20 team that won the Six Nations Grand Prix in 2019 – Tom Clarkson, Brian Denny, Jake Flannery, John Hodnett, Michael Milne, Scott Penny, Calum Reed And the Dylan Tierney Martin.

2022 U20 Six Nations Grand Prix Winners James Culhane And the Chai Mullins are included. James was named MVP of the U-20 tournament while Chai went on to win a bronze medal at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Cape Town.

Andrew Smith He also played for Ireland 7s in the Rugby World Cup this past weekend in South Africa. The former Ireland U20 has played in seven world championships and won the Energia AIL title with Clontarf this year.

Ireland’s Andrew Smith takes part in the Rugby World Cup 7s in Cape Town Mandatory credit card © INPHO / Travis Prior

David NosephoraIRFU Performance Manager, commented:

“This emerging Ireland Tour is of vital strategic importance in the year of the Rugby World Cup. This will put some pressure on our players’ resources but will provide an opportunity for emerging talent to impress national coaches early in the World Cup season. As these players return to their counties, their progress can be monitored and even supported They remain part of the national team’s image.

The three matches in Bloemfontein and the match against All Blacks XV in Dublin provide a great opportunity for these players to gain experience in the national environment and make their way into coaches’ minds for the upcoming season.”

Andy FarrellThe Ireland coach commented: “This opportunity provides another opportunity for players to develop and demonstrate their ability to thrive in a national environment. It will be exciting to see which players step up and frame themselves for another opportunity to impress in November.

“For some players, it is an opportunity to build on what they have already learned in the national camp and take their development to the next level, for others, it is a first opportunity to show the national coaches what they do and what they can deliver.”

Simon EasterbyEmerging Ireland’s head coach commented: “The coaching group is really excited to be working with this team and expanding the selection pool for the national team.

“We will be looking to simulate the national team environment and training intensity, so that the players get a good understanding of what it takes to perform at the highest level. The players will have to adapt to the tactical and technical approach of the national team in a very short period of time and deal with the pressure of performance in the green jersey.”

Ireland’s Emerging Squad – Toyota Challenge 2022

appearance (15)

Robert Balcon (Ulster/Enniskillen) *
Kaolin Blade (Connacht/Galwegion) *
Jack Crowley (Constitution of Monster/Cork)
Shane Daly (Constitution of Monster / Cork) *
Nathan Duke (Ulster/Bannbridge)
Jake Flannery (Ulster/Shannon)
Antoine Frisch (Monster)
Ciaran Frawley (Leinster/UCD)
Michael MacDonald (Ulster)
Ethan McIlroy (Ulster/Queens RFC)
Stuart Moore (Ulster/Malon)
Chay Mullins (Connect/IQ Rugby)
Calvin Nash (Monster/Young Monster)
Jamie Osborne (Leinster/NAS)
Andrew Smith (Leinster/Clontarf)

attackers (20)

Tom Ahern (Monster/Shannon)
Diarmuid Baron (Monster/Garywin)
Tom Clarkson (Leinster/University of Dublin)
James Cohen (Leinster/University of North Carolina)
Max Deegan (Leinster/Lansdown) *
Brian Denny (Leinster/Clontarf)
John Hodnet (Monster/Union Carbide Corporation)
Sam Elo (Connacht)
Cormac Izuchokwu (Ulster/Balinahinch)
Alex Kindlin (Monster/Union Carbide Corporation)
Joe McCarthy (Leinster/University of Dublin)
Michael Milne (Leinster/UCD)
Scott Penny (Leinster/UCD)
Sian Prendergast (Connacht)
Calum Reed (Ulster/Bannbridge)
Roman Salonoa (Monster/Shannon)
Alex Soroka (Leinster/Clontarf)
Tom Stewart (Ulster/Balinahinch)
Dylan Tierney Martin (Connacht / Corinthians)
Josh Witcherley (Monster/Young Monster)

* Crowned for Ireland

Toyota Irish Junior Challenge 2022

Windhoek Project Grecos vs Emerging Ireland
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Friday 30 September 2022, KO 12:45 (Ireland time)

Airlink Pumas vs emerging Ireland
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Wednesday 5 October 2022, KO 16:00 (Ireland time)

Toyota Chita vs emerging Ireland
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Sunday 9 October 2022, KO 12:00 (Ireland time)