Teams named for first Aviva Stadium game

The Leinster/Ulster and Connacht/Munster teams for the O2 Challenge, the historic first game in Aviva Stadium, has been named.

The combined side contains some of the most talented young players from both provinces.

The Leinster/Ulster selection will be captained by Ballymena’s Luke Marshall, who has performed well this season for the Ulster Ravens.

Up front Banbridge’s young hooker Jonny Murphy is one of a number of players who lined out for the Ireland U-18 Club side this season.

Alongside him are props Martin Moore and James Tracy, who has been capped at U-18 School and U-19 for Ireland.

In the second row Ulster’s Iain Henderson is partnered by Robert Hynes, 2010 Leinster Schools Cup winning captain from Clongowes.

The backrow comprises Ulster Young Player of the Year nominee Stephen Lecky, Ireland U-19 squad member Mark McGroarty and Ulster U-20 David McGuigan.

Half backs Peter du Toit and Paddy Jackson have both been capped at U-18 School level.

Marshall is joined in the centre by Alex Kelly who was in the 2009 U-18 School side.

The back three sees Andrew Boyle, U-18 Clubs 08/09, on the left wing with Craig Gilroy, Ulster U-20, on the right wing and Sam Coghlan Murray, U-18 Schools, at full back.

The Connacht/Munster selection will be captained from scrum half by Connacht’s Mark Dolan, who was in the Ireland U-18 Club side in 2009.

The back three sees Callum Boland, another Ireland U-18 Club player, at full back with Tadhg Leader on the right wing and fellow Connacht player Shane Leydon on the left.

In the centre former Ireland U-18 Schools player Ben Sargent is joined by 2010 Munster Schools Cup winner Daniel Horgan.

Dolan is joined in the half backs by Munster ‘A’ player Johnny Holland.

Up front Sligo’s Aaron Spring will prop down alongside Paul Mullen and Kieran Stokes from Munster.

The second row comprises two more 2010 Munster Schools Cup winners with Rob O’Herlihy and David O’Mahony reprising their Pres partnership.

Garryowen’s Shane Buckley will pack down at blind side with Ireland U-18 schools representatives Aaron Conneely and Danny Qualter.

Leinster/Ulster team and replacements (O2 Challenge, Aviva Stadium, Saturday July 31, 2:30pm)

15. Sam Coghlan Murray (Leinster)

14. Craig Gilroy (Ulster)

13. Alex Kelly (Leinster)

12. Luke Marshall (Ulster) Captain

11. Andrew Boyle (Leinster)

10. Paddy Jackson (Ulster)

9. Peter du Toit (Leinster)

1. James Tracy (Leinster)

2. Jonny Murphy (Ulster)

3. Martin Moore (Leinster)

4. Iain Henderson (Ulster)

5. Robert Hynes (Leinster)

6. Steven Lecky (Ulster)

7. Mark McGroarty (Leinster)

8. David McGuigan (Ulster)

Replacements

16. Paddy Carroll (Leinster)

17. Andy Warrick (Ulster)

18. Mark Fallon (Leinster)

19. Paddy Marks (Ulster)

20. Conor Spence (Ulster)

21. Cathal Marsh (Leinster)

22. Michael McAuley (Ulster)

Connacht/Munster Team & Replacements (O2 Challenge, Aviva Stadium, Saturday July 31st, 2:30pm)

15. Callum Boland (Connacht)

14. Tadhg Leader (Connacht)

13. Daniel Horgan (Munster)

12. Ben Sargent (Munster)

11. Shane Leydon (Connacht)

10. Johnny Holland (Munster)

9. Mark Dolan (Connacht) Captain

1. Aaron Spring (Connacht)

2. Kieran Stokes (Munster)

3. Paul Mullen (Munster)

4. Rob O’Herlihy (Munster)

5. David O’Mahony (Munster)

6. Shane Buckley (Munster)

7. Aaron Conneely (Connacht)

8. Danny Qualter (Connacht)

Replacements

16. James Rael (Munster)

17. Sean Wooton (Connacht)

18. Ian Mullarkey (Munster)

19. David Heffernan (Connacht)

20. Ronan Barry (Munster)

21. Gareth Quinn-McDonogh (Munster)

22. Jack Costigan (Munster)

23. Cathal Quinn (Munster)

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