Sunday 25 March 2018

Nigel Carolan names formidable Ireland U-20s side for World Championship final against England

Andrew Porter of Ireland is tackled by Marcos Kremer of Argentina. Photo: Sportsfile
Andrew Porter of Ireland is tackled by Marcos Kremer of Argentina. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland U-20s head coach Nigel Carolan has made no changes to the match day squad that so impressively dispatched of Argentina in the semi final for tomorrow’s World Championship finale against England (KO 7pm).

Carolan has retained faith in the same 23 players who defeated the Argentines by 37-7 on Monday, as Ireland go in search of history at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester.

The front-row is made up of Andrew Porter, Adam McBurney and Ben Betts, with captain James Ryan partnered in the second row by Sean O'Connor.

Max Deegan, who has been nominated as player of the tournament starts at number 8, with flankers David Aspil and Greg Jones either side of him.

Half-backs Stephen Kerins and Johnny McPhillips will have Conor O'Brien and Shane Daly outside them at centre.

Jacob Stockdale, who has scored four tries so far at the championship, will start at full-back with Matthew Byrne and Hugo Keenan on the wings.

Ireland squad to face England

15. Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster)
14. Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster)
13. Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster)
12. Conor O'Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)
11. Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster)
10. Johnny McPhillips (Queen's University / Ulster)
9. Stephen Kerins (Sligo / Connacht)
1. Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster)
2. Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster)
3. Ben Betts (Young Munster / Munster)
4. Sean O'Connor (Cashel / Munster)
5. James Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster) Captain
6. Greg Jones (UCD / Leinster)
7. David Aspil (St.Mary's RFC / Leinster)
8. Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster)
16. Vincent O'Brien (Cork Con / Munster)
17. James Bollard (Dublin University / Leinster)
18. Adam Coyle (Naas / Leinster)
19. Evan Mintern (Cork Con / Munster)
20. Kelvin Brown (Shannon / Munster)
21. Niall Saunders (Harlequins)
22. Brett Connon (Newcastle Falcons)
23. Jimmy O'Brien (UCD / Leinster)

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