The Munster U18s consists of a Schools and a Clubs team.
2016-17 U18 Schools Season
The Munster U18 Schools team, sponsored by Trend Micro, got off to a winning start, beating Ulster 18-15 at Pirrie Park. Daniel Feasey and replacement Finn Burke were the try-scorers as Ben Healy kicked a conversion and two penalties.
They made it two wins from two at Thomond Park thanks to an 8-3 victory over reigning champions Leinster that saw them lift the Dudley Cup, introduced this year in recognition of the late former Munster Schools Honorary Secretary Dudley Herbert. Ben Moloney’s try and a Healy penalty secured the win.
A 19-13 win over Ulster in CIT followed with the Munster tries coming from Sean French (two) and Travis Coomey as Healy kicked two of the conversions and was unlucky to see his other effort come back off the post.
The campaign ended with a 15-13 defeat away to Leinster to tie both teams at the top of the table with three wins from four and 13 points apiece. The destination of the title was then decided by points difference from the four games with Leinster coming out on top by just a single point to snatch the Interprovincial honours. Healy kicked two penalties and a conversion on the day as Paul Clancy scored Munster’s only try.
2016-17 U18 Schools Results
Friday, 26th August, Ulster 15-18 Munster, Pirrie Park
Tuesday, 30th August, Munster 8-3 Leinster, Thomond Park
Saturday, 10th September, Munster 19-13 Ulster, CIT
Saturday, 24th September, Leinster 15-13 Munster, Donnybrook
2015-16 U18 Schools Season
The Munster U18 Schools team started their campaign with a 25-16 defeat to Leinster. The Munster scores came from a Charlie Carmody try with James Taylor kicking a conversion and a penalty with Peter Sylvester kicking 2 penalties.
They finished the series on a winning note as they came from behind to defeat Ulster 24-18 at Lansdowne. Daniel Hurley, Jack O’Sullivan and James Taylor touched down for Munster with Taylor kicking the three conversions and a late penalty.
2015-16 U18 Schools Results
Saturday, September 5, Leinster 25-6 Munster
Saturday, September 19, Munster 24-18 Ulster, CBC Cork,
Munster Schools Squad 2015-16
Steven Atkinson – Castletroy College, Diarmuid Barron – Rockwell College, John Blake – Crescent College, ,Mark Bromell – Castletroy College, Ian Brown – Ardscoil Rís, Marcus Browne – St. Munchins College, Paul Buckley – PBC, Finn Burke – CBC, Charlie Carmody – St. Munchins, Ronan Coffey – Ardscoil Rís, Oisín Conway – CBC, Aaron Cosgrove – Crescent College, Seán English – Castletroy College, Seán French – PBC, James French – Bandon Grammar, Joe Harrington – CBC, Ben Healy – Glenstal Abbey, Jack Henchy – Crescent College, Fergus Hennessy – CBC, Seán Hudson – Bandon Grammar, Daniel Hurley – Crescent College, Luke Masters – CBC, Luke Masters – CBC, Ciaran McHugh – CBC, Niall O’Brien – PBC, Bryan O’Connor – PBC, Conor O’Flynn – PBC, Jack O’Shea – PBC, Jack O’Sullivan – PBC, Conor Phillips – Crescent College, Aaron Rice – St. Munchins College, Pa Ryan – Ardscoil Rís, Peter Sylvester – PBC, James Taylor – CBC, Johnny Williams – Glenstal Abbey.
2015-16 U18 Schools Management Team
Head Coach: Keith Murphy
Assistant Coach: Brendan O’Connor
Assistant Coach: Marcus Horan
Manager: Jack Casey
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Damien O’Donoghue
2014-15 U18 Schools Season
The Munster U18 Schools team won the 2014/15 Interprovincial Series after winning all three matches. Prior to the Interpros, they were beaten by French national champions Aquitane in France. The Interpro campaign started with a 24-3 win over Connacht at the Sprotsground. Late tries from Alex McHenry and Calvin Nash sealed the win with Bill Johnston kicking 14 points.
Next up was a 22-7 win over Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium. Colm Hogan, Glen Dickinson and Mark O’Mara were the try-scorers as Bill Johnston kicked seven points. The triumphant campaign ended with a 19-10 win over Leinster at CBC with Billy O’Hora scoring the Munster try and Bill Johnston kicking 14 points. The side was captained by Bill Johnston. Mark Butler was the Head Coach.
2014-15 U18 Schools Squad
Joey Conway – Castletroy College, Ty Chan – Ardscoil Rís, Mark O’Mara – Castletroy, Conor Beary – Rockwell, James Kendrick – Rockwell, Jack Tierney – Rockwell, Kevin O’Leary, PBC, Mike Casey – Rockwell, Ronan Coffey – Ardscoil Rís, David Rowsome – Castletroy, Gavin Coombes – Bandon Grammar, Jack O’Sullivan – PBC, Bailey Faloon – Crescent, John Foley – St. Munchin’s, Daryl Egan – Rockwell, Jack Lyons – Crescent, Bill Johnston – Rockwell, Billy O’Hora – Crescent, Jack Stafford – Glenstal Abbey, Alex McHenry – CBC, Glen Dickinson – Crescent, Kieran Moynihan – Rockwell, Calvin Nash – Crescent, Lee Molley – Rockwell, Colm Hogan – Glenstal Abbey, Jack O’Donnell – Ardscoil Rís.
2013-14 U18 Schools Season
The campaign started badly for the Munster Schools U18s as they were beaten 28-14 by Leinster Schools U18s at Donnybrook. The next game was a big improvement as the side secured a comprehensive 36-12 win against Connacht at Dooradoyle. However, the campaign ended on a disappointing note as the Schools side fell to a 19-12 loss to Ulster at Musgrave Park.
PBC’s Paul Kiernan captained the side with Mark Butler the Head Coach.
2013-14 U18 Schools Squad
Joe Ring (PBC), Shane Fenton (Ardscoil Ris), Greg Roche (CBC), Cian Barry (Rockwell College), Sean O’Connor (Rockwell College), Ronan Murphy (Castletroy College), Tommy Anglim (Rockwell College), Kelvin Browne (Ardscoil Ris), Ben Riley (Rockwell College), Bill Johnston (Rockwell College), Willie Coffey (Rockwell College), Paul Kiernan (PBC) Capt., Calvin Nash (Crescent College), Alan McMahon (Rockwell College), Dave O’Mahony (Ardscoil Ris), Vincent O’Brien (CBC), Peter Meyer (St Munchin’s College), Shane O’Hanlon, Evan Mintern (CBC), Sean Fitzgerald (Crescent College), John Poland (PBC), Rory Horgan (Rockwell College), Gary O’Sullivan (Crescent College), Colm Fitzgerald, David Lynch, Rory Cunningham, Jack Harrington
2012-13 U18 Schools Season
A win over London Irish and defeat against Millfield School were the results of the side’s pre-season tour to London. An opening day win over Connacht gave the side a good start to the championship. Pre-tournament favourites Leinster were next up at Thomond Park and the visitors fielded an exceptional side that proved too strong for the spirited hosts. Munster lost a 15 – 3 lead and the match as Ulster snatched a late victory at Ravenhill in the final game as the visitors failed to build on their early advantage. Greg O’Shea (Crescent College Comprehensive) captained the side, while the coaching duties were shared between Niall McDermott, Colm McMahon and Mark Butler.
2011-12 U18 Schools Season
An early season outing to London resulted in defeat against the London Irish Colts.
Despite an encouraging start in their encounter with Leinster at Donnybrook it was the homeside that registered the vital scores to gain the spoils, a hard earned victory over Connacht was followed by the teams best display of the season when they out scored Ulster by 24 points to 19 at Thomond Park. Ned Hodson became only the second student from Midleton College to captain the side while the coaching brief was under the guidance of Niall McDermott.
2016-17 U18 Clubs Season
The U18 Clubs side, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, made an excellent start to their campaign as they emerged with a 19-14 win away in Ulster. Hosts Ulster were 14-3 up after a dominant first-half performance with Munster’s only score coming from an early Conor Hayes penalty. The comeback started just five minutes after the interval as full-back Hayes touched down to make it 14-8. Hooker Derry Gleeson scored Munster’s second try later in the half as Munster moved to within a point and out-half Harry Byrne showed nerves of steel to kick two late penalties and complete a magnificent turnaround.
The Munster U18 Clubs side then beat Leinster for the first time in eight years at Thomond Park. Captain Evan O’Gorman, Young Munster. played a leading role and it was his first-half intercept try that gave Munster a 7-3 half-time lead. Garrryowen out-half Harry Byrne converted the 16th-minute score with Leinster’s reply coming from a Frankie O’Dea penalty. Munster extended their lead on 52 minutes as speedy Ennis RFC winger Ikem Ugwuru raced clear down the right wing for the hosts’ second try. The win was sealed late on as Young Munster full-back Conor Hayes kicked his first penalty to make it 15-3.
A 35-17 victory over Connacht at the Sportsgrounds in the Interpro decider saw the Munster U18 Clubs team claim the Interpro title for the first time in 13 years. Brendan O’Connor’s side ran in five tries in a thrilling game of rugby with both sides making a huge contribution to the competition’s crucial encounter. Munster opened the scoring through hooker Derry Gleeson and increased the lead with a second try from scrum-half Nick O’Donoghue as Garryowen out-half Harry Byrne converted. The hosts finished the half very strongly however as Christian Nielson went over for a try to open the scoring for Connacht six minutes before the break. This was followed by another try from Danny Arnold which was converted by Dylan Prendergast to level the scores 12-all at half-time. Munster captain Evan O’Gorman put Munster ahead after the break with a try, which was quickly followed by another five-pointer from winger Tom Hanley. Connacht’s Liam Winnet replied with an unconverted try but it was Munster who controlled the remainder of the game as Hayes put over two penalties to stretch Munster’s lead to 28-17. Munster’s other winger Ikem Ugwuru finished the scoring with grubber kick behind the Connacht defence and touched down under the posts and Hayes converted to cap a superb Munster display.
2016-17 U18 Clubs Results
Saturday, September 3, Ulster 14-19 Munster, Kingspan Stadium
Sunday, September 11, Munster 15-3 Leinster, Thomond Park
Saturday, September 17, Connacht 17-35 Munster, The Sportsgrounds
2015-16 U18 Clubs Results
Saturday, September 5, Leinster 29-21 Munster
Saturday, September 12, Munster 29-3 Connacht, CIT
Saturday, September 19, Munster 24-7 Ulster, CBC
2015-16 U18 Clubs Squad
Jordan Higgins – Shannon, Timmy Phelan – Dolphin, Conor Hayes – Young Munster, David McCarthy – Skibbereen, Ethan Greene – Kinsale, Alex Molloy – Waterpark, Finn Rhys Thomas – Dungarvan, Luke Jordan – Dolpin, Tadgh McCarthy – Bantry Bay, Pat Casey – Bantry Bay, Colin Deane – Clonakilty, Jack Nolan – Waterpark, Dev Murphy – Waterpark, Jack Daly – Castleisland, Odhran Ring – Bruff, Derry Gleeson – Garryowen, Josh Wycherley – Bantry Bay, Darragh O’Shea, Newcastle West/Estuary, Evan Carroll – Yong Munster, Shane O’Neill – Killorglin, Conor Ferns – Young Munster, Maurice Daly – Dungarvan, Colm McSweeney – Newcastle West/Estuary
2015-16 U18 Clubs Management Team
Head Coach: Fiach O’Loughlin
Assistant Coach: Ken O’Connell
Assistant Coach: David Lee
Manager: Tom Fogarty
Conditioning Coach: Johnny McGailey
2014-15 U18 Clubs Season
The Under 18 Clubs side fell at the final hurdle as they were beaten by Leinster in their final game at Waterpark. Prior to the Interpro Series, Munster had played Welsh sides Cymoedd and Cowbridge. The campaign started with a 23-17 win over Connacht at the Sportsground. Out-half Liam Coombes scored a try, two conversion and three penalties with Rob Carey scoring the first try. In their next game away to Ulster, the Clubs side secured an outstanding 34-6 bonus-point win. Seán Gray scored two tries with Jack Quilter and Seán Ivess also touching down. Liam Coombes scored a try, three conversion and a penalty. The campaign ended with a disappointing defeat to Leinster with Liam Coombes kicking two penalties in the 24-6 defeat. Dylan Reeves Wasik was the captain with Fiach O’Loughlin the Head Coach.
2014-15 U18 Clubs Squad
Peter Kelleher – Ballincollig, Tom Darcy – Newcastle West, Shane Bushe – Crosshaven, Luke Jordan – Dolphin, Ian McCarthy – Highfield, Darragh Joyce – Garryowen, Robert Carey – Midleton, David Flynn – Ennis, Dyan Reeves Wasik – Bruff, Seán Murphy – Newcastle West, Robbie Walsh – Waterpark, Ross O’Neill – Cork Constitution, Alan Fitzgerald- Shannon, Paidí O’Sullivan – Bantry Bay, Jordan O’Regan – Waterpark, Finn Rhys Thomas – Dungarvan, Liam Coombes – Skibbereen, Eoin Lacey – Fermoy, David Gleeson – Newport, David McCarthy – Skibbereen, Jack Quilter – Tralee, Kieran Coughlan – Young Munster, Seán Gray – Crosshaven, Seán Ivess – Newcastle West.
2013-14 U18 Clubs Season
Despite starting the Interprovincial series with a disappointing 25-6 loss to Leinster in Donnybrook, the Munster U18 Clubs side bounced back to win their remaining two fixtures.
In their second game against Connacht, played at Waterpark RFC they won on a scoreline of 22-17 and they finished with a flourish, running in four tries on their way to a 24-6 victory against Ulster at Musgrave Park.
The side was captained by Midleton’s Seán O’Leary with Noel O’Meara the Head Coach.
2013-14 U18 Clubs Squad
Joe White (Clonakilty); Brian Fanning (Bruff), Tim Cronin (Bantry), Mike Mulally (Tralee), Bobby Smith (Clonakilty); Hugh O’Brien Cunningham (Garryowen), Ryan Minihan (Young Munster); Philip Poylett (Clonakilty), Dylan Power (Waterpark), Ben Betts (Young Munster); Sean O’Leary (Capt.) (Midleton), Josh Barnes (Tralee); Robbie Walsh (Waterpark), Aaron Dunne (Thomond), David Pierce (Waterpark), Luke Cantwell (Waterpark), Philip Daly (Abbeyfeale), Paddy Butler (Highfield), Mike Casey (Bantry), Karl Madden (Young Munster), Isaac Mansfield Daly (Waterpark), James O’Connor (Tralee), Paul O’Keeffe (Kanturk), Luke Kelly (Thurles).
2012-13 U18 Clubs Season
The U18 club side suffered a disappointing defeat against Connacht at Woodleigh Park in their opening match with a break-away converted try sealing the win for the visitors. The next outing saw Munster produce a great display as they demolished the challenge of Ulster at Ravenhill. The final game against Leinster proved to be a thrilling contest with Leinster just about holding on to win the game despite a late comeback by Munster. Idris Rqibi (Skibbereen) captained the side while Noel O’Meara was coach.
2011-12 U18 Clubs Season
An impressive beginning to their season saw victory achieved over Ulster, but Leinster against proved to be the stumbling block at Donnybrook, but the side re-grouped well and ended their season on a high note with an exciting win over Connacht at the sportsground. Jack O’Donoghue (Waterpark) was captain for the series, while Keith Murphy looked after the coaching end.
2010-11 U18s Schools & Clubs
U18 Schools Management:
Head Coach Michael Lynch; Forwards Coach John Staunton; Techncial Assistant Colm McMahon; Manager David Quilter; Conditioning Coach Ross Callaghan.
U18 Clubs Management:
Head Coach Ian Sherwin; Forwards Coach Peter Malone; Backs Coach Richie Draper; Technical Assistant Noel O’Meara; Manager Niall Cowhey; Conditioning Coach Paudie Roche.
2008-2009 Season U18 Schools
A successful tour to England resulting in victory over Somerset County argued well for the season. Connacht were defeated in Galway, but despite their best efforts they failed to Leinster in Clonmel. The side concluded their season with a fine display in disposing of the Ulster challenge at the Campbell College grounds, Belfast. Dudley Herbert was in charge of the coaching duties. Michael Madden (St. Munchin’s College) and Gareth Quinn McDonagh (Crescent College Comprehensive) shared the role of captaincy during the season.
2008-2009 Season U18 Clubs
The youths side began their season on a high note, overcoming the Exiles in a pre-championship outing. When victory was attained over a fancied Leinster side at Bruff, hopes were high that a title winning combination had been assembled. However defeats at the hands of Ulster and Connacht came as a disappointing conclusion to the league section of the championship. Kevin O’Byrne (Highfield) was an inspirational captain, while the coaching team consisted of John O’Sullivan, Steve Ford and Ronan O’Donovan.