irish-exiles_02
Representative Rugby

Irish Exiles to hold 4 regional assessment days in England – register here!

12th October 2017
Share this article
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Over the course of the first few days of the October half term, the Irish Exiles will be holding four assessment days at different locations around England for players born in 2000, 2001, or 2002.

 

It is a chance for anyone with any Irish links to throw their hat in the ring, for anyone Irish qualified to take their first step towards the dream of international rugby.

 

For international rugby is the dream of any young rugby player, indeed it is the dream of most players, young or old.

 

It was certainly the dream of Niall Saunders and Johnny McPhillips back in their school days at Epsom College and Sedbergh School, respectively and come 2016 they were both in the Ireland U20 side as they faced England in the World Rugby U20 Championship final in Manchester.

 

They are far from the only ones, Ulster’s Kieran Treadwell, Munster’s Alex Wooten, Ciaran Parker, and Sam Arnold, and Connacht’s James Mitchell are just some of the other examples of players who were based in England that have gone on to professional rugby.

 

So too Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, the scrum half that helped to terrorise England in that Six Nations Grand Slam decider back in March.

 

Of course the assessment days and further programme are not just about producing internationals though, the aim is to develop and support those Irish qualified players, as well as to identify and promote those with the potential to go all the way.

 

That means that these four days, Saturday 21st October (at Clifton College, Bristol), Sunday 22nd October (at Nottingham Trent University), Monday 23rd October (at Burnage RFC, Stockport) and Wednesday 25th October (at London Irish RFC, Sunbury) are simply the first part of the pathway.

 

They are about identifying those with the talent to go all the way but also about offering a high quality developmental opportunity for everyone that is involved. So no matter your level, every player will benefit.

 

So who qualifies for attendance?

 

It is fairly simple, if you, a parent, or a grandparent were born in Ireland (North or South) and were born in 2000, 2001, or 2002, you qualify and should head to www.irishrugby.ie/provincial/exiles/screening.php and register your interest, it couldn’t be simpler!

 

Who knows, in a few years time you could be turning out in the Aviva Stadium in the green or Ireland , rubbing shoulders with British and Irish Lions legends.

 

All Regional Assessment Days Poster FB Copy