McKen­zie and Ni­chol­son in ac­tion for Ire­land U-18s

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

WICKLOW Rugby Club had two rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the Ire­land U-18 club side that trav­elled to Lis­bon to take on Por­tu­gal last week­end.

Paddy McKen­zie and Mark Ni­chol­son, who play for the WRFC U18.5 team were cho­sen for the squad.

Paddy started at out half, with Mark be­ing sprung from the re­place­ments bench for the sec­ond half.

Both play­ers had a big in­flu­ence on the game with McKen­zie scor­ing a try and Ni­chol­son putting in a se­ries barn­storm­ing runs.

Ire­land outscored their hosts by eight tries to three and ran out con­vinc­ing 27-46 win­ners.

It was a proud mo­ment for the fam­i­lies of both play­ers, es­pe­cially club Pres­i­dent Bert Ni­chol­son and his wife Mar­i­anne who trav­elled to Lis­bon to cheer the boys on.

The club play­ers will now hope to progress to either the Ire­land Un­der-18 Schools or Clubs and Schools squads which will assemble at Christ­mas for camp in prepa­ra­tion for the home internationals against Eng­land for the com­bined team and a Five Na­tions tour­na­ment for the Schools side at Easter.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the two boys from ev­ery­one at Wicklow Rugby Club.

Team: Oran McNulty (Bath Academy/IQ Rugby); Hay­den Hyde (Har­lequins Academy/ IQ Rugby), Karl Martin (Boyne/ Le­in­ster), Joe Henry (Wellington Col­lege/IQ Rugby), Saul O’Car­roll (Buc­ca­neers/Con­nacht); Paddy McKen­zie (Wicklow/Le­in­ster), Shane Mur­phy (Sk­er­ries/Le­in­ster); Conor Mor­ris­sey (Cork Con­sti­tu­tion/Mun­ster), Padraig McCarthy (Bantry Bay/Mun­ster), Char­lie Ward (Tul­low/Le­in­ster), Thomas Ah­ern (Dun­gar­van/Mun­ster), Iar­laith Mor­rin La­heen (Gal­we­gians/ Con­nacht), Evan Mur­phy (Ne­nagh Or­mond/Mun­ster), Con­nor Beer (Bath Academy/IQ Rugby) (capt), Joshua Dunne (Not­ting­ham Academy/IQ Rugby). Re­place­ments used: Mark Ni­chol­son (Wicklow/ Le­in­ster) for McCarthy, Mar­cus Hanan (North Kil­dare/Le­in­ster) for Mor­ris­sey, Dar­ragh Mur­ray (Buc­ca­neers/Con­nacht) for Mor­rin La­heen (all 42 mins), Ben Daly (Water­park/Mun­ster) for McKen­zie, Kevin O’Con­nor (Cashel/Mun­ster) for Mur­phy (both 53), Chris Moore (Beechen Cliff School/IQ Rugby) for Beer, Paddy Har­ris (Wasps Academy/IQ Rugby) for Ward, Conor O’Brien (Ne­nagh Or­mond/Mun­ster) for Hyde (all 60), Beer for Ah­ern (70).

Mark Ni­chol­son (left) and Paddy McKen­zie with a WRFC flag af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

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