Matthew Cosgrove has become the latest Sligo player to be drafted into the Irish U-20 squad after his clubmate Cillian Gallagher had his participation in the World Rugby U-20 Championship ended through injury writes John Fallon.
Cosgrove has joined up with the Irish squad in Manchester and could be in line to make his debut when Nigel Carolan’s men take on Argentina in the semi-finals of the competition on Monday.
Cosgrove, like Gallagher, is in the Connacht academy system and the 20-year old has been capped at U-18 level.
Gallagher’s worst fears were realised when a scan revealed a labral tear to his shoulder and he returned to Ireland today.
He suffered the injury in the 35-7 win over Georgia and is the third Irish player to have his tournament ended early with prop Conor Kenny injured against Wales and out-half Bill Johnston in the win over New Zealand.
Gallagher, who won’t be 19 for another few months, will be underage next year when the tournament is held in Georgia.
Coach Carolan, who will hope on Monday to guide them into their first U-20 final in the nine-year history of the championship, said it was disappointing for Gallagher.
“It’s always disappointing for a player to have to leave early but, unfortunately, it’s part and parcel of the demands of the tournament.
“We are fortunate to have a good squad and to have lads at home who are ready to step in,” said Carolan.