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Emerging Ireland to compete in Romania

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 12:32 | Comments

Dan McFarland has coached Ireland's under-20 side previously, and is an assistant coach at Connacht
Dan McFarland has coached Ireland's under-20 side previously, and is an assistant coach at Connacht

Connacht assistant coach Dan McFarland has been appointed as head coach of the Emerging Ireland squad that will travel to Romania for the IRB Nations Cup 2014 in June.

An Ireland development squad will play three games in nine days at the tournament. Ulster backs coach Neil Doak will be McFarland’s assistant for the tournament.

Emerging Ireland's first game of the tournament is on 13 June against Russia. They play Uruguary on Wednesday 18 June, and then come up against Romania on Saturday 22 June.

Last summer the Emerging Ireland squad competed in the Tbilisi Cup beating host nation Georgia and Uruguay but lost out to the eventual tournament winners, the South Africa President's XV.

Members of Ireland’s Six Nations-winning squad like Dave Kearney, Jack McGrath and Rhys Ruddock were among those given a chance to showcase their talents in Georgia.

The emerging Ireland squad will be announced in the weeks before the tournament, according to the IRFU.

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