Saturday 20 January 2018

Conway gives extra motive

England U-20 v Ireland U-20

Kingsholm, 7.45

That Michael Cheika rewarded Andrew Conway for his U-20 Six Nations form with a first Leinster cap last Saturday should serve as added incentive for his team-mates as they look to return to winning ways against unbeaten England this evening.

Head coach Allen Clarke has retained the starting team that beat Italy and narrowly lost to France a fortnight ago in difficult conditions.

Conway will look to build on his impressive cameo in the build-up to Jonny Sexton's try against the Scarlets alongside St Mary's wing Darren Hudson and Cork Constitution flyer Simon Zebo in the back three.

Ireland also need big performances in the front row against a big English pack, with captain Rhys Ruddock of UCD, Lansdowne's Dominic Ryan and Patrick Butler of Shannon key to getting the ball to the exciting back line.

Verdict: Home win

Ireland U-20 -- A Conway (Blackrock); D Hudson (St Mary's), B Macken (Blackrock), N Spence (Ballynahinch), S Zebo (Cork Con); J McKinney (Queens), J Cooney (UCD); B Cagney (UCC), N Annett (Belfast Har), J O'Connell (Lansdowne); D O'Callaghan (UCC), B Marshall (UCD); R Ruddock (UCD), D Ryan (Lansdowne), P Butler (Shannon). Reps: D Casey (Shannon), S Maguire (Old Belvedere), B Hayes (Cork Con), R O'Sullivan (Bective), M Heaney (Belfast Har), B Kingston (Blackrock), E Griffin (Corinthians).

England U-20 -- J Wallace (Wasps); W Hurrell (Leicester), J Joseph (London Irish), T Casson (Saracens), J May (Gloucester); F Burns (Gloucester), S Harrison (Leicester); L Imiolek (Sale), J George (Saracens), S Knight (Gloucester); D Wright (Gloucester), C Matthews (Harlequins); J Wray (Saracens), J Rowan (Leeds), A Gray (Newcastle). Reps: A Ellis (Wasps), J Marler (Harlequins), K Brookes (Newcastle), G Kruis (Saracens), J Pasqualin (Gloucester), J Sharp (Saracens), C Wade (Wasps).

Irish Independent

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