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On target: Johnny McPhillips in goal-kicking action for Ulster A.

When did you start playing rugby? My older brother Patrick played at Northern (in Gosforth) and Dad did some coaching so I went to watch, then joined in when I…

One to watch: Zach Mercer is having a breakthrough season at Bath.

Your dad Gary was a NZ rugby league star. Did you play league? No. Dad actually pushed me towards union and I’ve never played a game of league. Where did…

Up for the cup: McBurney (left) celebrates Ireland's U20 World Cup semi-final win.

How did you get into rugby? My uncle Maurice McBurney was the only one of my family that played, so my interest came through him. I joined Randalstown rugby club…

Quick Chick: Callum Chick on the charge for Newcastle Falcons.

Tell us about your rugby background… My dad played rugby at Newcastle and I wasn’t pushed to play, but I started at the age of about six and loved it.…

Thumbs up: Billy McBryde was Man of the Match in Wales U20s' win over France U20 in 2016.

When did you start playing rugby? I went to my local club, Tumble, when I was six or seven. I was there through the age grades and got picked up…

Gripping stuff: Joey Carbery playing for Ireland v Australia.

You were born in New Zealand. Did you start your rugby there? Yes, at my school St Joseph’s in Dargaville. My dad and grandad were keen to get a rugby…