Nash and Munster men ready for Italian job
After a dogged 20-19 victory against Scotland to open their Six Nations campaign last week, Ireland U-20s head coach Nigel Carolan has named his squad for the latest instalment of the 2017 campaign in Rome today.
The Stadio Enrico Chisoni is the venue - with Munster having a strong representation of eight players ahead of tonight's game - in which Ireland will be looking to keep their Grand Slam ambitions alive.
Winger Calvin Nash returns to the squad having made his Senior Munster debut last Friday in the victory against Edinburgh, while Young Munster team-mate Gavin Coombes comes onto the bench.
Ahead of the side departing for Prato, Carolan said: "It was tough going last Friday night in Glasgow. The conditions made it challenging and with 21 of the 23 players involved gaining their first experience of international rugby at this level, the fact that we came away with the result against a very good Scottish side is a big positive.
"The Italians are ever improving, so we are expecting another tough encounter, particularly up front, where they made life difficult for Wales last week.
"We have made a couple of changes for this week, so for the players selected, we're looking for them to build on their experience from last week and continue to develop as a team."
Munster Players in Irish U-20 side to face Italy: Colm Hogan (Dublin University / Munster), Calvin Nash (Young Munster / Munster), Joey Conway (UL Bohemians / Munster), Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster / Munster), Adam Moloney (Shannon RFC / Munster), Gavin Coombes (Young Munster / Munster), Jack Lyons (Young Munster / Munster), Conor Fitzgerald (Shannon RFC / Munster).