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Rugby 20s have plenty to smile about

Published: 13th October 2017

Seven seems to be the magic number for Trinity Rugby, which supports seven teams across the spectrum from women’s rugby to AIL division 1. One of those other teams in between are the U20s who’ve been making a bit of a name for themselves of late.

Scrum-half and Westmeath man Daryl Egan explains: “We’ve had an unbeaten start to the season so far. We beat Blackrock and Buccaneers in convincing wins to qualify for Premier 1 - the highest U20s division.”

Remarkable
Second row player Rory Clarke concurs: “We’ve had a great start to the season for far, having not lost a match and picking up an impressive goal difference along the way.” This is all the more remarkable when you consider that typically the U20s have a lot of new players to bed in each year, including Rory. “I only met the team for the first time the morning of the Barnhall game.”

U20s rugby is the last underage group before full adult senior rugby and, as Daryl explains, is played at an extremely fast pace. “It is very exciting to watch. We play our home games in College Park on Sunday afternoons. I’d encourage people to come down and watch.”

For fresher Rory, who arrives in Trinity from Argentina via the Netherlands, playing 20s rugby has really helped him settle in. “Although it takes up a decent amount of time, so far the rugby has helped me structure my college life and motivates me to get out of bed in the morning.”

Competition
A promising start to the season and depth in their numbers are what’s given the 20s their current edge. “In every position there are two or three players minimum that are good enough to start,” says Daryl, “giving us lots of healthy competition within the squad.”

“We definitely have a lot of potential – I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and seeing what we can achieve,” adds Rory. 

One of those pending challenges is the Conroy Cup, which takes place on College Park on October 29.

“Obviously going into a competition as current holders means that there is a little bit of pressure to retain it. However we’re looking forward to giving it our all and hopefully coming out victorious once again,” says Daryl. Adds Rory: “We should definitely be going into it with the expectation of being competitive.”

  • Trinity Rugby U20s have just won the Conroy Cup for the fourth successive year