Ireland U-21s to face France three times this week

The Irish Under-21 men will face France three times this week at Grange Road as part of their build-up to the European Junior Championships this summer.

Conor Empey is one of three returnees from the 2017 Euros. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Denis Pritchard – the current Cork C of I boss – is leading up the group for 2019 and he is delighted to have this confirmed series to test his troops.

“These games are a welcome opportunity to see where we are as a group with all squad players getting a chance to play,” he said. “It has been a while since Ireland’s Under-21 men have played a home game and it would be great to see a good crowd out to support these ambitious athletes.”

The focus of their schedule comes in July when they will aim for promotion from the European Junior Championships II in Litice, Czech Republic.

From the 2017 Euros, the side features Conor Empey, Mark Samuel and David Mawhinney once again.

Men’s Under-21 international series
Tuesday, April 9: Ireland v France, Grange Road, 7pm
Wednesday, April 10: Ireland v France, Grange Road, 7pm
Thursday, April 11: Ireland v France, Grange Road, 9am

Irish Under-21 panel: Luke Witherow (Banbridge), Scott McCabe (Queens), Alex Tinney (Banbridge), Andrew O’Hare (Annadale), Ben Palmer (Instonians), Ben Wallace (Annadale), Luke Roleston (Banbridge), Josh McCabe (GK, Cookstown), Matthew Crookshanks (Beeston), Craig Getty (Brooklands MU), Conor Empey (Three Rock Rovers), Sam Hyland (YMCA), Harry MacMahon (Three Rock Rovers), Matthew Walker (Three Rock Rovers), Peter Lynch (UCD), Alex Flynn (Three Rock Rovers), Guy Sarratt (Monkstown), Ben O’Grady (YMCA), David Mawhinney (Edinburgh Univerity), Mark Samuel (UCD), David Lawless (Clontarf), Alistair Empey (Three Rock Rovers), Ben Johnson (Waterford), Conor Beck (UCC), Harry McCarthy (Waterford)
Unavailable due to illness: Gavin Gibney (Glenanne)

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