Improving Irish U-16 boys set for Six Nations

Ireland’s Under-16 boys warmed up for their Six Nations Tournament with an ever-improving series of results in Edinburgh last weekend ahead of their big summer action.

Against England last Friday, corners proved the difference in a 4-1 defeat to England but they bounced back a day later to draw 2-2 with Scotland.

They came from a goal down twice, Kevin O’Dea levelling in the first half before Troy Chambers secured the draw in the closing quarter.

And they saved the best until last with four second half goals against Scotland on Monday, O’Dea and Chambers netting once again. Max Taylor and Stewart Wylie added further goals in the last stages to ensure a 4-0 winning end to the trip.

In the wake of the tournament, Niall Denham announced his panel for the Six Nations event which will take place in Cork from July 15 to 21, facing England, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Germany.

Speaking about the selection, Denham said “I am delighted to announce the squad for the Six Nations.

“Final selection was very difficult and I would like to thank all of the players who have been a part of the process which started in November. The players have worked extremely hard and we are all excited about competing at home in Cork”

Ireland Under-16 Boys squad: Ross Clarke (GK, Monkstown/CBC Monkstown), Ben Whelan (GK, Three Rock Rovers/The High School), Matthew Campton (Lisnagarvey/MCB), Craig Mackay (Corinthian/Wesley), Ian Balding (Kilkenny/Newtown School), Adam Walker (Three Rock Rovers/Wesley), Conor Irwin (Lisnagarvey/Friends), Troy Chambers (Lisnagarvey/Wallace High School), Kevin O’Dea (Cork C of I/Ashton Comprehensive), Mark Collins (Bandon/Bandon Grammar School), Robert Sweetnam (Bandon/Bandon Grammar School), Sam Walker (Three Rock Rovers/St. Andrews), James Maginnis (Pembroke Wanderers/The Kings Hospital), Conor Quinn (Lisnagarvey/Friends), Stewart Wylie (Cookstown/Cookstown High School), Max Taylor (South Antrim/Wallace High School), Evan Jennings (Three Rock Rovers/The High School), Matthew Aughey (Lisnagarvey/Friends)

Reserves: Patrick Rose (Annadale/Sullivan Upper), Ben McInerney (Waterford/Newtown School)

Six Nations fixture schedule (all at the Mardyke)
Sunday, July 15: Ireland v Netherlands, 3pm
Tuesday, July 17: Ireland v England, 4pm
Wednesday, July 18: Ireland v Spain, 3pm
Friday, July 20: Ireland v Belgium, 2pm
Saturday, July 21: Ireland v Germany, 5pm

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