WATERFORD'S Jack O'Donoghue is hopeful the Ireland U-20 side can follow up their impressive win over Scotland when they take on a fancied Welsh side at Dubarry Park in Athlone tonight (7.35).
O'Donoghue, who now plays for UL/Bohs after moving to Limerick to study, crowned a man-of-the match display with two tries in the 34-7 win.
He then went off with an ankle injury but O'Donoghue, who came through De La Salle Waterford and the Waterpark club, has recovered and is looking forward to tonight's clash.
"It was a great start for the team and it was a bonus scoring, but the key thing now is to kick on for the rest of the tournament. Conditions were difficult and it started pelting down as soon as the game started.
"Conditions were very heavy and it really sapped your energy but the boys worked hard and we got the result," said the back-row, who is in the Munster Academy.
He played in the Junior World Cup in France last year where Wales reached the final before being pipped by England.
O'Donoghue is one of three Munster players in the squad, with hooker Max Abbott recovering from an ankle injury to retain his place at hooker alongside his Cork Con team-mate Rory Burke.
Another Munster player Sean McNulty, who now plays with UCD, has been added to the replacements list which again includes Jack Cullen from Bruff and Dan Goggin of Young Munster.
IRELAND – D Busby; C Kelleher, G Ringrose, P Robb, I Fitzpatrick; R Byrne, N McCarthy; P Dooley, M Abbott, R Burke; S O'Brien, R Molony; P Timmins, D Leavy (capt), J O'Donoghue.Reps: S McNulty, D Coulson, O Heffernan, J Joyce, F Taggart, J Cullen, C McKeon, D Goggin.