Cork All-Ireland hurling winner stars for Ireland U20 rugby team

February 10, 2024

Cork's joint captains James Dwyer and Ben O'Connor lift the All Ireland MHC Cup.

Hurling's loss would appear to be rugby's gain in the case of Ben O'Connor.

The multi-talented St Finbarr’s clubman was named Man of the Match after starring for the Ireland U20s in their dramatic 23-22 Six Nations win over Italy at Virgin Media Park in Cork last night. A late try from fellow-Cork man Sean Edogbo snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the defending champions.

O'Connor joined the Munster Rugby Academy after helping Cork to their third All-Ireland U20HC title in four years last summer. He also captained the Rebels to All-Ireland MHC glory in 2021. But sadly for Cork hurling, his future lies with rugby where a big career surely awaits him.

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