Thursday, September 29, 2022


Ardmore’s Thomas Ahern (pictured above) has been named in the second row for the Emerging Ireland team for their Toyota Challenge series opener in South Africa tomorrow (Friday).

The Ireland team will take on the Windhoek Draught Griquas in Bloemfontein (Kick-off 12.45pm Irish time, live on

Leinster’s Max Deegan will take the captain’s armband for the opening fixture at Toyota Stadium.

Deegan is joined in the back row by Scott Penny and David McCann. Joe McCarthy and Thomas Ahern are named at lock with Josh Wycherley, Tom Stewart and Thomas Clarkson in the front row.

Nathan Doak and Jack Crowley are named at half-back with Stewart Moore and Jamie Osborne at inside and outside centre respectively. Robert Baloucoune and Calvin Nash fill the wings with Shane Daly named at fullback.

The replacements named are Diarmuid Barron, Michael Milne, Roman Salanoa, Brian Deeny, John Hodnett, Michael McDonald, Jake Flannery and Antoine Frisch.

This is the first of three games in this series (Fixtures below).

Emerging Ireland v Windhoek Draught Griquas:
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, Friday 30th September, 2022, KO 12.45pm (Irish time)
15. Shane Daly (Munster/Cork Constitution)
14. Calvin Nash (Munster/Young Munster)
13. Jamie Osbourne (Leinster/Naas)
12. Stewart Moore (Ulster/Malone)
11. Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Enniskillen)
10. Jack Crowley (Munster/Cork Constitution)9. Nathan Doak (Ulster/Banbridge)
1. Josh Wycherley (Munster/Young Munster)
2. Tom Stewart (Ulster/Ballynahinch)
3. Thomas Clarkson (Leinster/Dublin University)
4. Joe McCarthy (Leinster/Dublin University)
5. Thomas Ahern (Munster/Shannon)
6. David McCann (Ulster/Banbridge)
7. Scott Penny (Leinster/UCD)
8. Max Deegan (Leinster/Lansdowne) Captain

16. Diarmuid Barron (Munster/Garryowen)
17. Michael Milne (Leinster/UCD)
18. Roman Salanoa (Munster/Shannon)
19. Brian Deeny (Leinster/Clontarf)
20. John Hodnett (Munster/UCC)
21. Michael McDonald (Ulster)
22. Jake Flannery (Ulster/Ballynahinch)
23. Antoine Frisch (Munster)

Emerging Ireland Toyota Challenge Fixtures 2022
Windhoek Draught Griquas vs Emerging Ireland
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Friday 30th September 2022, KO 12:45 (Irish time)

Airlink Pumas vs Emerging Ireland
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Wednesday 5th October 2022, KO 16:00 (Irish time)

Toyota Cheetahs vs Emerging Ireland
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Sunday 9th October 2022, KO 14:00 (Irish time)

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