Sunday 27 May 2018

Ireland’s coming stars secure fifth place at U20 World Cup

IRELAND’S U-20s have beaten France to secure a historic fifth place at the Junior World Championship.

JJ Hanrahan kicked six penalties, in Cape Town, to secure another win for Ireland over France.

Ireland were were 6-0 ahead at the break and Hanrahan gradually tightened their grip on the game.

But Gael Fickou snuck in for the only try with 14 minutes remaining, setting up a tense finish.

But Hanrahan’s final penalty secured a famous victory.

Ireland’s physicality up front - and hard work all over the pitch - gave France little room to manoeuvre.

Ireland U-20: Peter Nelson (Dungannon/Ulster); Barry Daly (UCD/Leinster), Stuart Olding (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Chris Farrell (Dungannon/Ulster), Foster Horan (Lansdowne/Leinster); JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians/Munster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht); Des Merrey (Clontarf/Leinster), Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) (capt), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Alan O'Connor (UCD/Leinster), Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Queen's University/Ulster), Jordan Coghlan (UCD/Leinster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

Replacements used: Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) for Marmion (56 mins), Aaron Conneely (Corinthians/Connacht) for Coghlan (70), Conor Finn (Buccaneers/Connacht) for Daly (74), Peter Reilly (Lansdowne/Leinster) for Furlong, James Rael (Garryowen/Munster) for Scannell (both 76), Shane Buckley

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