Future bright for Le­in­ster at nine

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby -

The Le­in­ster match pro­gramme is worth a read.

Last month it con­firmed Noel McNa­mara as the new Ire­land un­der-20s head coach in an in­ter­view with Cae­lan Doris. This week­end we got a promis­ing up­date on three out­stand­ing teenage scrumhalves.

Hugh O’Sul­li­van, from Belvedere Col­lege via Meath GAA, is ex­pected to rise the quick­est hav­ing gone straight into the Le­in­ster Academy but cousins Pa­trick Pat­ter­son and James Kenny also pos­sess the raw ma­te­ri­als to some day be­come se­nior Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­als.

“Paddy is smaller than me, but quicker, dart­ing around the ruck area like Danny Care,” said O’Sul­li­van. “Conor Mur­ray is the player I would pro­file James against. He is tall, rangy.”

Nu­ci­fora knows, the scrumhalf stocks need fill­ing.

From left: Hugh O’Sul­li­van, Pa­trick Pat­ter­son, and James Kenny

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