Seven Ulster players have been included in Ireland's 26-man squad for the IRB Under-19 World Championships in Belfast next month.
Ballymena players Stephen Douglas and Jamie Smith are included while Ballynahinch duo Matthew Nelson and Harry McAleese also make the squad.
Queen's Paul Karayianis, Down High's Tommy Seymour and Instonians' Adam Craig are also included.
Another Ulsterman Charlie McAleese will coach the Ireland team.
Blackrock College forward Paul Ryan will captain the Irish side at the championships which take place from 4-21 April.
Coach McAleese acknowledged that there would be "some disappointed players" after the squad announcement.
"Playing at home as the hosts for the tournament was always an added incentive for many of the boys and the selection process has seen a large number of superb candidates whittled down to the final twenty six, " said McAleese.
"The selections were difficult in many of the positions for the final squad.
"The pressures of also playing as tournament hosts will be a big part of our challenge, as will the top class opponents we will be facing.
"It does not get much tougher then playing the defending champions in your opening game and Australia are always tremendously strong at this level."
Ireland Under 19 squad
Brian Cawley (UCD), Stephen Douglas (Ballymena), Kieran Essex (Christian Brothers College, Cork/UCC), David Foley (UL Bohemians), Jason Harris-Wright (Blackrock College), Paul Karayianis (RBAI/Queens), Ian Leonard (St Michael's College), Patrick Mallon (St Michael's College), Patrick McCabe (Dublin University), Ian Nagle (Glenstal Abbey), Matthew Nelson (Ballynahinch), Rajan Riley (St Michael's College), Paul Ryan capt (Blackrock College), Michael Sherry (Ard Scoil Ris/Garryowen)
Paddy Brophy (St Michael's College), Conor Cleary (St Michael's College), Adam Craig (Instonians), Scott Deasy (Presentation Brothers College, Cork), Alan Gaughan (Buccaneers), Kris Greene (St Mary's College), Murray Kinsella (Newtown School, Waterford), Niall Morris (Blackrock College), Harry McAleese (Ballynahinch), Eoin O'Malley (UCD), Tommy Seymour (Down High School), Jamie Smith (Ballymena).
Pool A Ireland Fixtures
Australia v Ireland, Ravenhill, 5 April, 1930 BST
Scotland v Ireland, Ravenhill, 9 April, 1930
South Africa v Ireland, Ravenhill, 13 April, 1930