Tuesday 24 October 2017

Malone urges U-20s to 'play a bit' in bid to finish on a high

"I know it's not a great situation to be in but we have secured our status for next year so now we can just go out and play," said the head coach.
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland U-20s' World Cup campaign has been testing from start to finish but having secured their status at next year's tournament, the pressure is off tomorrow as they look to end on a high by beating hosts Georgia.

Regardless of whether Ireland finish 9th or 10th, it does not reflect the quality coming through at age-grade level in this country.

Several of the players in the squad will go on and play professionally, while others who missed the tournament due to injury will undoubtedly do the same.

Around 15,000 people are expected to turn out, which will be a test for Peter Malone's charges.

"I know it's not a great situation to be in but we have secured our status for next year so now we can just go out and play," said the head coach. "It will be a great experience in a super stadium in front of a great crowd. The guys are excited about that.

"We need to move these guys around. The Georgians are physical at the scrum and in the lineout. We know where they are strong so we have to move the point of attack, shift the ball around and play a bit."

Ireland U-20 v Georgia U-20, Live, Eir Sport, 11.30am

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