Ardscoil Ris have never won the Munster Schools Senior Cup before but they have a strong team in this year’s competition.
FIRST UP: V Glenstal at 3pm in Coonagh on Wednesday, January 30
COACHING TEAM: Head coach: Noel Davis; Asst-Coaches: Johnny Deegan, Mike Prendergast; Manager: Francis Broderick; Strength and conditioner: Martin McPhail; Rugby Co-Ordinator: Kevin Long; Medic: Harry Ryan
LAST CUP SUCCESS: None
LAST SEASON: Lost 12-6 to eventual winners St Munchin’s College at the quarter-final knock-out stage, having earlier suffered a heavy defeat to CBC in their opening fixture.
SQUAD: Tony Cusack*, Jack O’Halloran, Conor Glynn*, Daniel Wixted, Philip McNamara, Cathal Flanagan*, Jack Stokes*, Patrick Kearns*, Frank Bradshaw-Ryan, Paul Obande*, Gavin Farrell, Joe Cannon, Craig Irwin* (Vice-Capt), Colm Noonan*, Joe Murray*, Robbie Burke*, Stephen Fitzgerald, Robbie Deegan*, Oscar Lyons, Joey Walshe, Colin Ryan*, Brion Moriarity, Ronan McKenna* (Vice-Capt), Cian Gleeson, Shane Fenton, Kelvin Brown, David O’Mahony, Killian Bracken, Ciaran Cusack, Scott Cusack, Brian Doyle, Darragh Ryan, Paul McNamara, Padraig de Brun, Tom Walsh. (*Denotes played 2012)
CAPTAIN: Conor Glynn
STAR MAN: Team captain Conor Glynn is a poweful prop and a key member of Ardscoil’s impressive scrummaging unit.
REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS: Frank Bradshaw-Ryan, Stephen Fitzgerald and Robbie Deegan played with the Munster U-18’s side, while Conor Glynn and Patrick Kearns reprenseted the province at U-19 level
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Robbie Deegan, who is equally adept at playing at full-back as on the wing, is a son of former Shannon AIL medal winner, Johnny Deegan, who is a member of Ardscoil Ris Senior Cup backroom.
PROSPECTS: Having reached the last two junior finals, Ardscoil have a fine conveyor belt of players coming through. Playing Glenstal in the first game gives them a great chance of getting a win but their status as the second favourites for the competition looks a little off as they’ll have to play the losers of PBC and Munchin’s in the quarter-final, if they win that Glenstal game. Could ruffle a few feathers but tradition is against them
Check out the Limerick Leader website tomorrow when we profile the Glenstal Abbey senior team