Monday 22 January 2018

Ireland U18 Team announced for final showdown with England

Matthew Gilsenan moves to out-half for the final U-18 European Schools FInal against England
Matthew Gilsenan moves to out-half for the final U-18 European Schools FInal against England

The Irish U18 Schools side to face their English counterparts in the European Championship Final in Poland tomorrow has been named.

Head coach Noel McNamara has named an unchanged pack from the eight that lined out against France but has made a number of adjustments to the backline. 

Matthew Gilsenan reverts from inside centre to out-half in place of Jimmy O'Brien.  Colm Mulcahy switches from outside centre to inside centre and Jack Power moves from full-back to outside centre.  

Jacob Stockdale moves from left wing to full-back with Calvin Nash coming into the backline to fill the wing berth.

Ireland have beaten Georgia (20-10) and France (24-11) to reach the final while England accounted for Portugal (62-5) and Wales (11-9) en route to the decider.  The final takes place on Saturday 19th April in Wronki, Poland kicking off at 16:30 (local time).

Ireland U18 Schools team for FIRA European Championships Final:

Jacob Stockdale; Jordan Larmour, Jack Power, Colm Mulcahy, Calvin Nash; Matthew Gilsenan, Rowan Osborne; Andrew Porter, John Molony, Conan O'Donnell; James Ryan (captain), Sean O'Connor; Will Connors, Johnny Guy, Max Deegan.

Replacements: Conor McIlmurray, Hugo Kean, Conor Kenny, Peter Claffey, Greg Jones, David

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