Stage is set for Sam Prendergast’s Leinster debut as Irish U-20 star makes major step up


Sam Prendergast has already been a part of Leinster squads as a travelling reserve, so he is aware of how the set-up works, however that is the intense stuff.

he stress is off to some extent in that Leinster have already secured high spot of the URC, but that Leo Cullen has not hesitated in throwing one of the vital thrilling younger Irish skills into the deep finish speaks volumes for a way extremely he charges him.

Prendergast was Eire’s standout participant of their latest march to the U-20s Grand Slam, as he dictated issues from out-half with a slew of wonderful performances.

Make no mistake about it although, this can be a main step up. The helter-skelter, high-scoring nature of the U-20 Six Nations could be very totally different to the reduce and thrust {of professional} rugby.

The Lions stands out as the weakest South African aspect within the competitors, however at house, and at altitude, they are going to take a look at Prendergast in methods he has not but skilled.

All proof means that the 20-year-old Newbridge native was born to play on this stage, but persistence will probably be required.

Prendergast will probably be helped by skilled professionals like captain Rhys Ruddock, Dave Kearney and Jason Jenkins, in addition to Eire back-row duo Will Connors and Max Deegan. The returning Tommy O’Brien can also be a fine addition.

With one other 5, younger academy gamers to come back off the bench, this can be a sport that the Lions ought to win, however you’d be silly to jot down off Leinster on a day that can see their newest star announce his arrival.

Verdict: Leinster

Lions – Q Horn; S Pienaar, M Rass, M Louw (capt), E van der Merwe; G Lombard, S Nohamba; R Runsburger, PJ Botha, A Ntlabakanye; W Alberts, R Schoeman; J Kriel, R Delport, F Horn. Reps: M Brandon, JP Smith, R Dreyer, D-L Landsberg, T Gordon, M van den Berg, R Jonker, A Coetzee.

Leinster – C Cosgrave; T O’Brien, L Turner, B Brownlee, D Kearney; S Prendergast, N McCarthy; M Milne, L Barron, V Abadaladze; B Deeny, J Jenkins; R Ruddock (capt), W Connors, M Deegan.Reps: T McElroy, E Byrne, T Clarkson, A Soroka, J Culhane, B Murphy, C Tector, R Russell.

Ref – M Adamson (Scotland)

Lions v Leinster, 

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