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Ireland Six Nations U20 Champions 2010: Where Are They Now?

Ireland Six Nations U20 Champions 2010: Where Are They Now?
Dylan Ryan
By Dylan Ryan
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Ireland U20s will be back under the Irish Independent Park lights in Cork on Friday night, knowing that victory over the travelling French will put them within touching distance of a Grand Slam.

Noel McNamara's side will be hoping a return to the Ballyphehane venue will help channel some positive vibes after the rousing come-from-behind opening night victory over English by the banks of the Lee, earlier in the tournament. If you missed out on that pulsating night, never fear! Our cameras captured the whole thing...

Should the young men go all the way to Grand Slam glory, they will become the first Irish side to do so, since the tournament reverted from the U21 to U20 age group in 2008. The final edition of that U21 Championship saw an Irish team consisting of the likes of Cian Healy, Ian Keatley, Keith Earls and Darren Cave storm to unbeaten success.

Nine years ago, however, then head coach Allen Clarke led his charges to a Triple Crown in when claiming the 2010 U20 title, with quite a few recognisable names within the ranks.

Fingers from Cork to Coleraine will be crossed in the hope that David Hawkshaw, Harry Byrne, white-line hunter Dylan Tierney-Martin and teammates can go on to surpass the achievements of the graduates of 2010, but for now let's take a look at what has come of that squad.

Andrew Conway

Munster's wing-cum-fullback is in the Senior squad for the tie at the Aviva having pulled on the green jersey eleven times since 2017


John Cooney

John Cooney, Ireland U20

The Dubliner replaced Conor Murray last time out in Rome and will be hoping for more action this weekend

Eoin Griffin

The centre has played over 100 times for Connacht, having returned west after a spell with London Irish

Michael Heaney

The former Methodist College scrum-half is plying his trade with Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership, but as of yet no caps


Darren Hudson

Hudson was Ireland's top try scorer in the 2010 tournament and earned a move to Bristol in 2014. Has not played pro since 2016.

Brian Kingston

A former McCorry Cup winning fly-half with Blackrock.

Brendan Macken

Former Leinster and Wasps centre is now operating with London Irish under Declan Kidney and Les Kiss.


James McKinney

The Ulster Academy grad has seen action in the English Championship with Rotherham and Jersey before moving to Italy and Verona.

Dave McSharry

Destined for great things, McSharry had a torrid time with injuries before calling it a day in 2016.

Tiernan O'Halloran

The Galwegian has represented his country on six occasions at senior level and played almost 200 times for Connacht.


Nevin Spence

Nevin Spence

The Ulster centre tragically died in a farm-yard accident only two years after the U20 success, a huge loss to Irish rugby.

Simon Zebo

Not much known about this guy. Apparently somewhere in France.

Niall Annett

Plays alongside fellow Methody man Michael Heaney at Worcester.


Denis Buckley

The Roscommon prop has made appeared in over 150 games for Connacht.

Paddy Butler

Friend of the show Butler, talked to us last month about his time in Pau.

Bryan Cagney

Former Pres Cork man never progressed to senior rugby.


David Doyle

Graduated from the Leinster Academy in 2015 alongside Tadhg Furlong and Luke McGrath, but another who has done little since.

Brian Hayes

The former Munster lock retired from the pro-game in 2015 after spending two seasons with Jeremy Davidson trained Aurillac in France.

Stewart Maguire

The tighthead prop played for Connacht and London Scottish after being released from Leinster as a youngster. No word on where he is now.

Ben Marshall

Another Connacht player lost to concussion, Dubliner Marshall retired in 2017.

Jordi Murphy

Jordi Murphy

Drafted into Joe Schmidt's squad at No. 8 for the Italy game, the Ulster flanker he'll be hoping for more game-time this weekend.

Robin O'Sullivan

The Bective Rangers man made a career for himself as a PT after being released by Leinster.

Dave O'Callaghan

The Munster flanker seems as if he's been around for years, but has yet to play for his country.

Jack O'Connell

The former Leinster prop now plays with Ealing Trailfinders after leaving for Irish shores for Bristol in 2014.

Rhys Ruddock

Having played 20 times for Ireland, Ruddock would certainly have been featuring for the senior side in this years Six Nations had it not been for injury.

Dominic Ryan

The third and final player from the victorious 2010 team to have to hang up the boots due to concussion, Ryan retired in 2018 after a distinguished career with Leinster and Leicester Tigers.

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