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4 Ireland U20s welcomed into Connacht academy

Dubliner Adam Leavy has also take up residence in Galway.

Stephen Kerins runs in a try during the World Rugby U20 championship.
Stephen Kerins runs in a try during the World Rugby U20 championship.
Image: Camerasport/Dave Howarth/INPHO

IRELAND U20 COACH Nigel Carolan has named four men who won honours under him this year to his Connacht academy.

Peter Claffey, who missed the summer run to a world final against England through injury, heads the list of five new inductees to the first year of the Westerners programme.

Claffey is joined by the man who slotted into his second row place this summer, Cillian Gallagher, who also impressed at blindside during the Six Nations. With scrum-half Stephen Kerins also brought in, it’s a double for Sligo RFC.

Powerful prop Conor Kenny, who was forced out of the championship early with a shoulder injury, is the fourth homegrown player in the group. Winger Adam Leavy, brother of Leinster flanker Dan, makes the move across the Shannon.

Year 3

Jamie Dever – Prop
Jack Dinneen – Hooker
Ciaran Gaffney – Back three
Marc Kelly – Back row
Conor McKeon – Scrum half
Saba Meunargia – Prop

Year 2

Cormac Brennan – Back three
Conor Kyne – Prop
Conor Lowndes – Scrum half
Stephen McVeigh – Back row
Conan O’Donnell – Prop
Ed O’Keeffe – Back three
Pat O’Toole – Hooker
Cian Romaine – Lock

Year 1

Peter Claffey – Lock
Cillian Gallagher – Lock
Conor Kenny – Prop
Stephen Kerins – Scrum half
Adam Leavy – Back three

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