THREE Limerick players played key roles in the Ireland U-18 Club side’s comprehensive 46-12 victory over Portugal in Lisbon.
Harry Byrne, of Garryowen FC, started the game at out-half, while Conor Hayes, of Young Munster, lined out at full-back in an Irish side captained by his club mate at Greenfields, centre Evan O’Gorman.
Full-back Hayes scored one of Ireland’s seven tries in a game which ended in a comfortable win for the visitors although Portugal had hit them with two tries inside the opening 13 minutes.
Hayes also kicked a penalty goal and conversion, while Garryowen play-maker Byrne added three conversions.
IRELAND U-18 CLUBS: Conor Hayes (Young Munster RFC/Munster); Morgan Purcell (New Ross RFC/Leinster), Kieran Dunne (Sale Sharks Academy/Exiles), Evan O'Gorman (Young Munster RFC/Munster) (capt), Hugh Lane (Galwegians RFC/Connacht); Harry Byrne (Garryowen FC/Munster), Garrett Fitzgerald (Tullow RFC/Leinster); Jack Walters (London Irish Amateurs RFC/Exiles), Patrick Nixon (Wicklow RFC/Leinster), Jack McIntosh (Rainey Old Boys RFC/Ulster), Niall Murray (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht), Cameron Boon (Welwyn RFC/Exiles), Cian Huxford (Corinthians RFC/Connacht), Conor Finch (Welwyn RFC/Exiles), John Hodnett (Clonakility RFC/Munster). Replacements all used: Harry Donnelly (Waterpark RFC/Munster), Daniel Arnold (Creggs RFC/Connacht), Conan Dunne (Kilkenny RFC/Leinster), Evan Murphy (Nenagh Ormond RFC/Munster), Martin Moloney (Athy RFC/Leinster), Caolan Englefield (Harlequins RFC/Exiles), Iwan Hughes (Bristol Rugby Academy/Exiles), Darragh Kelly (Suttonians RFC/Leinster).
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