A MAGICAL couple of days for a pair of local rugby playing brothers continues this Friday night when Stephen Fitzgerald lines out for the Irish U-20s in the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Stephen has been named on the left wing for the Irish U-20s side which faces France in the 6 Nations at Dubarry Park, Athlone, this Friday night, 7.05pm.
Stephen’s younger brother Conor starred for Ardscoil Ris in their dramatic SEAT Munster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final win over CBC on Tuesday when he kicked all 18 of his side’s points, including the match-winning penalty late on.
Stephen Fitzgerald will be making his first start for the Irish U-20s team at 6 Nations level. The Munster Academy member replaces his Shannon club mate Greg O’Shea who will miss the French game due to injury.
Fitzgerald played a key role in Ardscoil Ris’ run to the 2014 Munster Schools Senior Cup final. The 19-year-old made his Munster senior team debut in their pre-season friendly away to Gloucester last August. The dynamic runner also captained the Munster U20s in the interprovincial series last autumn and has lined out for the Munster A side in the British and Irish Cup.
Like older brother Stephen, Conor Fitzgerald is an accomplished hurler who featured for the Limerick minor team which reached the 2014 All-Ireland final. Sporting all-rounder Conor won a Munster minor hurling medal with Limerick and a Dr Harty Cup medal with Ardscoil Ris last year.
His Ardscoil Ris’ Schools Senior Cup side will face PBC, of Cork, in the semi-finals of the competition at the start of next month.
Stephen, Conor and their older brother Evan Fitzgerald have all played minor hurling with Limerick. Their father John won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling titles with Limerick in 1984. The Fitzgerald family live in Ardnacrusha and run the Spar shop at Racefield, Fr Russell Road, Dooradoyle.