Thomas Ahern

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The tallest of the academy secondrows is Waterford-born Thomas Ahern at 6ft 9in. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s a little under nine years ago that Leinster Rugby embarked on a project called ‘Route 6’6”’ to try and entice young men between the ages of 17 an(...)

Max O’Reilly reaches over to score Ireland’s fifth try during the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against England at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 39 A stunning performance, underpinned by six tries, saw Ireland claim a third successive victory in the Under-20 Six Nations Cham(...)

Ethan McIlroy returns to the right wing for Ireland under-20’s   game against England at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has made four changes to his side for Friday night’s meeting with England at Franklin’s Gardens (7.45pm, Sky(...)

Ireland  outhalf Jack Crowley will be looking for another big performance against Wales in Cork on Friday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has made two changes to his side for Friday night’s game against Wales at Mugrave Park (kick-off 7.15pm, liv(...)

Ireland celebrate Jack Crowley’s opening try against Scotland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland Under-20s 38 Scotland Under-20s 26 Ireland have opened their defence of the Grand Slam they won last season in the Under-20 Six Nations Champ(...)

Thomas Clarkson: one of five players who played a part in last year’s Under-20 Grand Slam. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Dublin University tighthead prop Thomas Clarkson is the sole survivor from the starting Ireland team that beat Scotland 24-5 at Netherdale in last sea(...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird celebrates his try with Charlie Ryan and Josh Wycherley in their defeat to New Zealand in the World Rugby U20 Championship. Photograph: Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Ireland U-20 17 New Zealand U-20 40 A remarkable season concluded with a typically robust and obdurate performance in the final match of the Under-20(...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird celebrates his try with Josh Wycherley during the  World Rugby U20 Championship seventh-place playoff against New Zealand  in  Rosario. Photograph:  Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Ireland 17 New Zealand 40 Ireland’s courage in adversity was once again evident but a slow start in which they conceded 26-points left them with too(...)

Ireland’s Brian Deeny in action in the U20 Championship. He   replaces number eight Azur Allison for their final game. Photograph: Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Ireland v New Zealand, Old Resians Club, Rosario, 1pm (5pm Irish time) - Live on Eir Sport Ireland head coach Noel McNamara makes seven changes and (...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird who received a red card for a high tackle against Australia, has avoided a suspension. Photograph: Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 v Italy Under-20, CRAI, Santa Fe (2.30pm, Irish time, live on Eir Sport) Ireland’s injury woes continued with two of their stand-ou(...)

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