Friday 30 September 2016

Walsh set for U-20 debut in France

Declan Rooney

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

Walsh's fellow Cork Con clubman Shane Daly retains the No 13 slot in the Ireland back division after a solid display against the Welsh last weekend (SPORTSFILE)
Walsh's fellow Cork Con clubman Shane Daly retains the No 13 slot in the Ireland back division after a solid display against the Welsh last weekend (SPORTSFILE)

Ireland U-20 coach Nigel Carolan has handed a first international start to Munster forward Dan Walsh for this evening's U-20 Six Nations clash with France in Narbonne (9.05pm).

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The Cork Con flanker comes straight into the team after missing last week's opening-day defeat to Wales at Donnybrook and will be joined by another five Munster men in the match-day 23.

Walsh's fellow Cork Con clubman Shane Daly retains the No 13 slot in the Ireland back division after a solid display against the Welsh last weekend, while a third Temple Hill player, John Poland, is again named at scrum-half.

Elsewhere, on the replacements' bench, Young Munster hooker Shane Fenton, Cashel's Sean O'Connor and Kelvin Brown from Shannon will hope to add to the first U-20 caps they won last weekend.

"We were disappointed with how things went against Wales. I thought that we played well overall but mistakes proved costly in the end. We've hopefully addressed the key areas and we'll be looking for an improved performance," said Carolan.

"Our training sessions this week have been very positive and the players are looking forward to the game in Narbonne. If we can maximise our opportunities, I'd be confident of a result against the French."

The introduction of Walsh to the starting 15 is one of three changes made by Carolan to the side. Walsh replaces the injured Will Connors, Conor Kenny replaces his Connacht team-mate Conan O'Donnell at tighthead, while Jack Power is replaced by Conor O'Brien.

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