With all four provinces involved in rugby head-to-heads last weekend, Kilkenny College was celebrating the interprovincial achievements of some of its own students, past and present.
Last month saw the commencement of the National Interprovincial Championships at the age grade levels. These matches were a great opportunity to see the tremendous talent playing the game up to the under-20 age group.
Current student Sam Sterling represented Leinster under-19 this year, along with fellow team members Michael Triggs and Simon Williams. Sam represented Leinster against Munster and Ulster whilst Simon and Michael were involved in the team that beat the Exiles in Birmingham and Munster in Dublin.
Hopefully, the boys can replicate the fine form they have shown with Leinster in the school team. The College side got their league campaign off to a good start by beating High School Dublin last week.
Two past pupils of Kilkenny College, Robin Foot and Ross Deacon, were heavily involved with the Leinster under-20 squad throughout the summer. Ross was chosen to represent Leinster against Connacht in the final game of the series, and both he and Robin are now heavily involved in the set up at Lansdowne RFC.
At under-19 level, last year’s school captain Shane Delahunt was chosen to be captain for the Leinster under-19 side who narrowly lost to Connacht in the Interprovincial series decider. Shane is currently playing with UCD.
The under-18 Leinster schools, coached by Noel McNamara and Jeff Carter, had a very convincing triumph in the interprovincial series. Wins against Ulster, Munster and Connacht saw the school’s team retain their interprovincial crown.
Three college players, Ben Ridgeway, Luke Deacon and Ross Bailey Kearney, all trained with the squad during the summer. Two third year boys, Peter Sunderland and Jamie Bulfin also trained with the Leinster under-17 schools squad during the summer.
All of these players are striving to emulate the achievements of Robin Copeland, Greg Jacob and Foster Horan who are currently plying their trade with professional clubs such as the Cardiff Blues, Sale Sharks and London Irish.
The College is very proud of the achievements of these players and equally as proud of the many players who go on to represent the many senior and junior clubs around the country.