FOSROC Super6: 3 new Irish Players joining the field for Season 2 - Stirling County RFC

JP Phelan, Bradley Luney and Tom Roche will be three new faces joining this season of FOSROC Super6 for Stirling County.

The three guys have been scouted by Head Coach, Ben Cairns, to come over and be a part of the talented Super6 squad. 

JP Phelan – TIght head Prop

Rugby History:

JP (26) is a hard-working diligent person, who brings Physicality in both defence and attack. He is a destructive Scrummaging tighthead that enjoys to scrum. He is passionate about the game and a real team player. JP is very well experienced and travelled, and is looking for a new opportunity to excel in the game of rugby.

He grew up in Straffan in Co.Kildare and started playing rugby when he was 8 with NAAS RFC. He then moved to a school in Newbridge College where he continued his rugby passion. 

JP came through the Leinster age grade system and has had spells with both Munster and Saracens Academies.

JP had this to say regarding his move: “I am excited for the coming season. It seems like there is some serious talent within the team, and I am looking forward to playing some seriously good rugby again.”

Bradley Luney – Locks

Rugby History:

Bradley (22) grew up in Carrickfergus, just 15 minutes outside Belfast, and started playing rugby properly at the age of 16 at Carrick Grammarafter. He then moved to Belfast Royal Academy that same year, played more and grew a real passion for the sport.

He played the year in junior rugby for Carrick, before leaving for Ballynahinch where he has been playing for the last 3/4 seasons.

Bradley commented this upon his move to County and the up and coming season: “I can’t wait to get going with Stirling, I got the phone call from Ben and I’ve been itching to get started since. I’m looking forward to playing in a new environment, meeting new people and playing a top standard of rugby.”

Tom Roche- Full Back

Rugby History:

Tom (22) grew up in Glenageary, a town within the city of Dublin. Tom has been playing rugby since he was 4 years old, having been born into a sporting family. His older brother is a professional rugby 7s player and his dad was a keen rugby player too. He moved into Boarding School in Blackrock college and played for them from the ages of 14-18.

Tom has had many successes throughout his rugby career including all-Ireland League, Bateman Cup, Leinster Senior League and Cup (2017-2021), Blackrock College- Leinster Senior Cup (2016-2017), Ireland U20- World Rugby U20 Championship (2018).

Tom is an adaptable rugby player, who can easily adjust his game according to the conditions. Roche has great self-belief and always backs himself to make a big impact for his team.

Tom had this to say in regards to his training and the new season: “I am coming into the season feeling great, I’ve worked so hard the last 7-months in the gym and on the pitch conditioning wise so I feel good. I’m absolutely buzzing to get over and start throwing a ball around with Stirling County. I have a bit of a competitive side so hopefully I can show the lads that I’m here to work hard and win most importantly.”

Head Coach, Ben Cairns, commented this on the players move to FOSROC Super6: “Irish players tend to be very humble, hard-working and generally have a team first mentality and we have seen these qualities in all 3 of these players. All have played to a good level in Ireland but feel they could benefit from a new experience. The FOSROC Super6 will provide the perfect opportunity for all three to put their hand up for further full-time pro honours.”