CONNACHT RUGBY: COLM REILLY NAMED IN IRELAND UNDER 19 TEAM 

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Top Oil Senior Schools Cup Final, Sportsground, Galway 20/3/2018 Garbally College vs Colaiste Iognaid Garbally players celebrate after the match Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Garbally College’s Colm Reilly has been named in the Ireland under 19 rugby team that will play their second test with Japan on Wednesday. 

It’s the second of two meetings between the countries before the squad travels to Galway for another couple of matches against France.

The scrum half scored a try for his college in their 45-26 victory over Colaiste Iognaid last Tuesday (20th March) and has been handed the number nine jersey for his country.

Connacht have three representatives in the match day squad with Corinthian’s Dylan Tierney and Galwegians’ Hugh Lane named among the replacements.  Both players saw action in last Saturday’s 40-29 win over Japan with Lane getting one of Ireland’s six tries.

Head coach Tom Tierney has made 12 personnel changes.  The only survivors in the starting XV are tight head prop Michael Milne, UCD lock Charlie Ryan, who takes over the captaincy for this second match, and Luke Clohessy who switches from blindside flanker to partner Ryan in the second row.

Two of the new inclusions up front are loose head Donnacha Mescal and number 8 Ruadhan Byron.  Claytan Milligan completes the front row, with Campbell College’s Jamie Macartney and Martin Moloney of Athy joining Byron in the back row.

David Ryan, brother of Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning lock James Ryan, will make his Ireland debut at inside centre, teaming up in midfield with Kieran Dunne. Ben Healy starts at out half beside Reilly.

CBC Cork’s Eoghan Barrett slots in on the right wing. He will have Ballymena’s Angus Kernohan, who is already an Ireland Under-20 cap, and Young Munster’s Conor Hayes alongside him in the back-three.

Ireland meet Japan in an under-19 international match on Wednesday, March 28th.  Kick-off in Energia Park, Donnybrook is 2pm. 

Ireland Starting XV: Conor Hayes; Eoghan Barrett, Kieran Dunne, David Ryan, Angus Kernohan; Ben Healy, Colm Reilly; Donnacha Mescal, Claytan Milligan, Michael Milne; Charlie Ryan, Luke Clohessy; Martin Moloney, Jamie Macartney, Ruadhan Byron.

Replacements: Dylan Tierney, Shay O’Malley, Paul McGookin, Ryan Baird, Azur Allison, Graham Curtis, Conor Kelly, Liam Turner, Scott Penny, Hugh Lane.