Leinster squads: school by school
(Players involved in last year’s cup campaign noted with an asterisk*)
Coaches: Ian Dumbleton, Peter Dumbleton, Adam Griggs.
Captain: Greg Jones.
Squad: Ben Arrowsmith, Fionn Irwin-O’Hara, Jack Balbirnie*, Greg Jones*, Gavin Beere*, Kyle Jordan, James Black, Daniel Joyce*, Ryan Bradley, Luke Judge, Alex Brady*, Michael Kirk*, Jack Cassidy*, Jordan Larmour, David Evans, Antonie Muller, Jack Farrelly, Alastair Murphy, Gary Fearon*, Ross Nicholl, Andrew Fogarty, Andrew Porter*, Alfie Guy, Alex Waller, Jonathan Guy*, Walter Wood, Stephen Hayes, Daniel Hide*, Darragh Higgins*, Ben Ingram*.
Representative players: Leinster under-19s - Greg Jones, Andrew Porter. Leinster under-18s - Daniel Joyce.
How school performed in 2013 Cup: Lost in Vinnie Murray semi-final to Wesley.
Prospects: With Greg Jones and Andrew Porter in their side they can beat Castleknock. Then it gets really tough.
The King’s Hospital
Coaches: Matt Jarvis (head coach), Aidan Tyrrell, Will Matthews, Ciaran Donohoe.
Captain: Conor Spillane.
Squad: Daniel Ables, David Smith, Connor Murphy, OJ Onolememen, Ntinga Mipko*, Tom Doyle, Finnian Shilling, Sam Charman, Connor Kerr, Calum Petit, James O’Reilly, Edward McKeon-Silke, Connor Spillane, James Hogan, Matthew Bursey*, Rob Lawless, Ronan Sharkey, Daniel Courtney, Leo Morgan*, Will Potterton*, Rolus Olusa*, Daniel Byrne, Sam Dowds.
Representative players: Leinster under-19s - Ntinga Mipko, Conor Spillane.
How school performed in 2013 Cup: Beaten 12-5 by Newbridge in first round.
Prospects: Young side, with only five sixth years, will struggle to go further than quarter-finals.
Coaches: Jeff Carter (head coach), Gordon Rowe.
Captain: Craig Miller.
Squad: Craig Miller*, Oisin Bradley*, Roy Stanley*, Martin Mulhall*, Gavin Hastings*, Sam Pim*, Liam O’Sullivan, Jason Melbourne, Colm Varian, James Bradfield, Dylan Kelso, Ben Deverell, Ian Atkinson, Nigel Smyth, Wesley Whiteford, Stephen Beattie, Adam Stephenson, Peter Sunderland, Steven Sunderland, William Oakes, Stephen Triggs, Fred Dyer, Ross Whitford, Anu Awonusi, Geoffrey Chapman, Blake Young, Hugh Ronaldson, Jamie Bulfin.
Representative players: Leinster under-18s - Liam O’Sullivan, Martin Mulhall.
How school performed in 2013 Cup: Beat Pres Bray before going down 22-8 to eventual champions Blackrock. No disgrace in that.
Prospects: Clongowes first up looks too big an ask this year.
Coaches: Aaron Dundon (Head Coach), Massey Tuhakaraina, Derek Sherlock, David Brew.
Captain: Thomas Brady.
Squad: Thomas Brady*, Robert Buckley, Ciaran Callan, Kevin Cleary, Eoin Collins, Paul Condon, Patrick Corbett, Cian Crowe, David Culliton, Robert Culliton, Patrick Corbett, Joseph D’Arcy*, Niall Delahunt*, Mark Delaney, Patrick Doran, Thomas Dore, Conor W Doyle*, Conor J Doyle, Richard Dromgoole-Maguire*, Tom Dunne*, Liam Farrell, Barry Finan, James Healy, Chris Healy*, Jake Howlett*, Thomas Higgins, William Jennings, Connor Johnson, Niall Kearns, Brian Larkin, Oisin Larkin, Jack Lawlor, Austin Mahony, Jack Maguire, Matthew Marmion, Morgan Mooney, Patrick Morrin, Cormac Nugent*, Jimmy O’Brien, Shane O’Brien, Stephen O’Brien, Matthew O’Connor*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jack O’Neill*, Jonathan Phelan*, Stephen Rigney, Shea Ryan, Andrew Shanahan*, Matthew Stapleton, Mark Sutton*, Sean Tracey, Thomas Treacy*.
Representative players: Leinster U18 - Jimmy O’Brien, Jake Howlett, Matt O’Connor, Tom Treacy, Niall Delahunt, Richard Dromgoole-Maguire.Leinster under-19 - Jonathan Phelan, Mark Sutton, Hugh O’Donnell, Thomas Brady. Connacht under-19s - Cormac Nugent.
How school performed in 2013 Cup: Pushed St Michael’s in the semi-final before losing 21-17.
Prospects: Beat Roscrea 43-10 in league final. Look a good each/way bet at 9/1. Lightweight, GAA influenced and real contenders (see Aaron Dundon interview on page 12).
Coaches: Adrian Flavin (director or rugby), Colin Townsend (head coach), Dara Fallon, Darran Shiels, Ronan Fallon, John McCole.
Captain: Jack O’Sullivan
Squad: Geoff Brookes, Tadhg Hanlon*, Zaran Butt*, Jack O’Sullivan*, Darragh Scanlon*, Darragh Moran, Niall O’Riordan, Colin Lynch, Donal McConville, Dara Friars, Sean McEntaggart*, Sean Vodden, Cian Doddy*, Sean O’hEir*, Ciaran Fagan, Carl Keogh, Eoghan Murphy*, Bilal M’Uazzam, Anthony Healy*, Richie McHugh, Paddy Peters, John Cassidy, Kyle Dixon*, Jonathan Deane, Luke Mellet, James Cullen, Gavin Murray, Adam Tallon, Cathal Bermingham, Conor O’Shea*, Mark McQuillan*, Luke Reilly.
Representative players: Leinster under-18 - Darragh Scanlon. Sean O’hEir. Kyle Dixon Leinster under-19 - Eoghan Murphy.
How school performed in 2013 Cup: Lost in first round to St Michael’s.
Prospects: Expected to beat St Andrew’s in round one.
St Mary’s College
Coaches: Shaun Berne (head coach), Jamie Cornett, Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin.
Captain: Tom Lynch.
Squad: Daragh Cogley, Conor Corcoran*, Niall Curran, Gareth Delany, John Delany*, Hugo Diepman*, Jack Duffy*, Harry Dunne, Ruadhan Fanning. Hugh Fitzpatrick, Eoin Foley. Jordan Finnegan*, Michael Fitzgerald, David Flood, Mark Fogarty*, Patsy Fogarty*, Conn Harte-Bourke, Ben Hoey*, Mikey Hoey. Dan Hogan, Niall Hughes, Terry Kennedy*, Gavin Kenny, Michael Kinneen, Brian Mannion, Keith Mannion*, David Matthews*, Sean McCahill, Michael McCormack, James Nolan, Matthew Oppermann*, Brian O’Shea, John Ryan, David Sloan, Matthew Talbot, Thomas Tierney, Neil Walsh, Conor Watters, Conor Whelan*.
Representative players: Leinster U18 - Terry Kennedy.
How school performed in 2013 Cup: Lost to CBC 24-10.
Prospects: Decent coaching structure with Shaun Berne joined by former Leinster team-mates, Jack McGrath and Sean Cronin, allied by a kind draw that could see them into the semi-finals.