Ireland have unveiled the U17 squad, with Lead Coach Nigel Jones and his fellow coaches naming 19 players for the winter schedule.
The squad included three Munster representatives following impressive performances for club, province and country last season with Kaasim Baloch (Limerick), Aaron Cawley (Cork County) and Seanan Jones (Cork Harlequins) all getting the call up for a busy 2017 season.
It will be Aaron Cawley's second season with the U17 squad following an impressive 2016 with club and country. Seanan Jones makes the jump from the U15 squad while Kaasim Baloch gets his first repsentative call up.
The squad is clearly a talented group with no fewer than eight players also included in the older Under 19 squad as well.
Jones is excited at the talented grouping and is expecting strong performances from his young charges in the coming months.
"I along with my fellow coaching group believe that we have an exciting group of players to work with," said Jones. "There are no fewer than eight players returning from the 2016 Ireland U17 programme and in addition to this we have named nine players who are only 16 years old and eligible next year as well.
"We believe that their development will be further supported by the returning squad players who will be responsible for setting the standards and pushing this exciting group of players forward into the 2017 season.
"I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Ireland U17 coaching management group to congratulate all those who have been selected and to wish them well with the winter programme ahead."
IRELAND U17 SQUAD
- Ian Anders (Phoenix/LCU)
- Kaasim Baloch (Limerick/MCU)
- Eoin Barron (Railway Union/LCU)
- Jack Carson (Waringstown/NCU)
- Aaron Cawley (Cork County/MCU)
- Varun Chopra (Coleraine/NW)
- Adam Clarke (Templepatrick/NCU)
- JJ Garth (Pembroke/LCU)
- Seanan Jones (Cork Harlequins/MCU)
- Josh Little (Pembroke/LCU)
- James McClean (Ballymena/NCU)
- Gregory McFaul (Bready/NW)
- Rory McGovern (YMCA/LCU)
- Max Neville (Merrion/LCU)
- Cian Nulty (Balbriggan/LCU)
- Marcus Poskitt (Coleraine/NW)
- Neil Rock (Rush/LCU)
- Harry Tector (YMCA/LCU)
- Andrew Vincent (Clontarf/LCU)