After another impressive season in league and cup competition, eight young stars from Ardee Community School have made the shortlist for a new Leinster Rugby Future Stars team vote.
The Drogheda Independent and The Argus newspapers in association with Leinster Rugby, DKIT Sport and CX+ Sport are asking readers to vote for their Leinster Rugby Future Stars XV made up of players from throughout Louth, Meath and Monaghan.
Among the 45 strong longlist, eight players from Ardee Community School have made the grade – as many as any other school in the region. Dundalk Grammar School also have eight nominees in the 45. Potentially, depending on the voting, Ardee players could fill eight of the 15 starting positions.
Last year, 10 Ardee Community School players made the longlist with six being voted into the final team. Five of last year’s team selections get a second longlist nomination this time around. Cyr Bakekolo, Conor Hennessy, Eoin O’Sullivan and Conor Watters made the Future Stars XV in 2016 and are again in contention.
Bakekolo is among nine players vying for the three positions in the front row while Sullivan and Lorcan Dixon could form a second row combination.
Watters is for the second year in a row ACS’ sole representative vying for a spot in the three man back row while Conor Gillespie is placed into contention for an outhalf berth.
Team captain Hennessy is looking for the Ardee vote to play centre while Joe Mulholland – who scored two tries in last week’s McMullen Cup final defeat at Donnybrook Stadium – is part of a strong field aiming for a Back Three place.
To vote, just pick up a copy of this week’s Drogheda Independent, Mid-Louth Independent or The Argus newspaper and fill in the form in the sports section. Then drop it into the Drogheda Independent offices on 9 Shop Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth. There isn’t much time, the award presentation is on March 22nd!
The Leinster Rugby Future Stars award is now in it’s second year and was created to recognise the effort and talents of under 18 rugby players in Louth and around the North East. The winners – in each position – will be announced at a ceremony at the Whitaker Theatre in DKIT this coming Wednesday (March 22nd).