Ireland U19’s Squad Announced for Serbia Tournament

After months of trials, the Ireland under 19’s coaching staff, led by head-coach Wayne Kelly, has whittled down the squad to 23 talented young athletes to compete at the European championships this August in Serbia.

Last week, the extended squad played and trained in an Ireland camp in Gormanston College,   Co. Meath while sponsors DP Gymnastics provided the team with high quality functional training for the last few months in Balbriggan and throughout camp.

Assistant-coach, Paul Vargas said that the importance of mixing up training through Gymnastics will keep the Wolfhounds sharp in their upcoming challenges late this summer:

“Anyone can lift a heavy weight,” says Paul Varga and continued, ” ,but the importance of core strength is paramount to winning the tackle, but also in that respect, for all pieces of the game. DP Gymnastics Balbriggan have really given these young lads great training, and all round good fun. It was great to be able to mix this training up for sure and we can not thank them enough for their help in sponsoring the team.” said Vargas.

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Vice-Captain, Ronan Michael working on core strength in DP Gymnastics Balbriggan.

The squad consists of mainly domestic Irish players both north and south of the border while a few heritage players based in England have come into the fold with added experience. The experience of heritage players Luke Findlow, Zack Fellows, Joe Togher, Jack O’Sullivan and Callum O’Neill will certainly add to the squad.

Captain James Cromie says that the team has, “high hopes and aspirations.”

“I’m sure I speak for all of the boys when I say that we’re excited for setting out to meet that challenge [and] go playing at a international youth competition.

“I wait for the up and coming months to develop as a group and as a team and to represent ourselves, each other, family and our country.” Cromie said.

The development of the underage structures has seen players come from League clubs from all parts of the country to make up the team.

Of the domestic teams, Longhorns RL and Athy Sharks have five players a piece in the squad while Belfast Met Scholars have three players representing the club and Galway Tribesmen have two. Dublin City Exiles, Belfast Stags and Portadown Pumas all have one player in the squad respectively.

Ireland U19’s 2018 Squad:

  1. Luke Findlow Ince Rose Bridge
  2. Ryan Curran Athy Sharks
  3. Conor Smyth Athy Sharks 
  4. James Cromie (Captain) Belfast Stags 
  5. Zack Fellows Midland Hurricanes 
  6. Josh Basthill Belfast Met Scholars 
  7. Fiach Millward Athy Sharks 
  8. Paul McGookin Belfast Stags 
  9. Sam Cullen Athy Sharks 
  10. Ronan Michael (Vice Captain) Longhorns RL
  11. Callum O’Neill Widnes Vikings 
  12. Jack O’Sullivan Eastern Rhinos 
  13. Joe Togher Hindley 
  14. Charlie Donnelly Dublin City Exiles 
  15. Josh MacNamee Longhorns RL
  16. Shalun Carey Longhorns RL
  17. John Why Galway Tribesmen 
  18. Jordan McKibbin Portadown Pumas 
  19. Kevin Varga Longhorns RL
  20. Andrew Smyth Belfast Met Scholars 
  21. James Mulvaney Longhorns RL
  22. Sam O’Sullivan Galway Tribesmen 
  23. Gareth Gardiner Belfast Met Scholars 



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