Melton RFC juniors to represent Irish Exiles (Midlands)

Irish Exiles hopefuls Cathal McNally-Reilly (left) and Connor Boylan EMN-150403-112401002

Irish Exiles hopefuls Cathal McNally-Reilly (left) and Connor Boylan EMN-150403-112401002

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The pair came through regional trials at Coventry last weekend for the Irish Exiles and will represent them at the inter-regional championships on Sunday. The event will be held at Hazelwood, London Irish’s new training facility in Sudbury.

The championships will be an ideal stage to showcase their abilities with provincial academy coaches and international selectors in attendance.

Multi-talented Cathal, who plays second row, has also represented the East Midlands at rowing for the past two years in both double skull and coxed eight at the junior inter-regional championships.

Fly-half Connor, a former Melton Times Junior Sports Personality of the Year, currently plays with Leicester Tigers Elite Player Development Group.

Cathal will play in the 15-year-olds age group, while his clubmate will turn out for the year above.

The Irish Exiles were created by Tom Kiernan in 1989 to give Irish-qualified rugby union players in Britain and France the chance to play for an Irish representative side and potentially strengthen the full international team.

So far 19 Irish Exiles have played senior international rugby including two British and Irish Lions, Simon Easterby and Rob Henderson, and Cathal and Connor will both be looking to follow in their footsteps.