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Ronan O'Gara & La Rochelle Helping To Mould Unlikely Irish International

Ronan O'Gara & La Rochelle Helping To Mould Unlikely Irish International
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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The Ireland U20s may have found themselves a new star through the IRFU's IQ programme, in the shape of Ike Anagu.

The Waterford born winger moved to South Africa when he was seven years of age and spent his school's days at St. John's College in Johannesburg, before being recruited into La Rochelle's Espoirs academy in 2021.

The 19-year-old is listed as 6 foot 3, and in his school highlight reel below you can see a player with not just raw pace and power, but a handy set of hands as well.

According to the Irish Times, a contract with the Lions was also on the table for him, before he opted to sign with Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle - whom he is yet to make a Top 14 or Champions Cup appearance for.

He has already made two appearances for the Ireland U20s in recent weeks, lining out against Munster and Leinster Development XVs.

The Winger Making A Name For Himself With Ireland U20s and La Rochelle


READ HERE: The Fascinating Journeys Of Ireland's 2012 U20s Rugby Team


READ HERE: Ireland's 2007 Six Nations Grand Slam U20s Team: Where Are They Now?

The Ireland U20s continued their Six Nations prep with a 35-24 win over a strong Leinster Development XV on Friday. The Leinster side featured the likes of Alex Soroka, and last year's U20s Grand Slam winners Charlie Tector and Aitzol King.

Ireland U20s also boasted some impressive names such as Ruadhan Quinn, who became Munster's youngest debutant last year, Sam Prendergast, brother of Irish international Cian, and Paul O'Connel's nephew Evan O'Connell.


The win added to the side's victory over a Munster Development XV the week previously.

Ireland will begin their quest to retain their Six Nations crown when they face off against Wales on 3 February, before their first home game against France at Musgrave Park on 10 February.

SEE ALSO: Five Players Who Could Make Their Full Ireland Debuts Before The World Cup

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