Wednesday 18 July 2018

Ireland U20 ring the changes for Scotland as seven new faces brought into starting team

9 February 2018; Tom O'Toole, left, and Ronan Foley of Ireland during the U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Italy at Donnybrook Stadium, in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
9 February 2018; Tom O'Toole, left, and Ronan Foley of Ireland during the U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Italy at Donnybrook Stadium, in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Noel McNamara has made wholesale changes to his Ireland U20 side for this Friday's game against Scotland at Donnybrook Stadium.

After a win over Italy and losses to France and Wales in the opening three games, McNamara has opted to freshen up his team for their latest challenge.

Props James French and Tom O'Toole come into the front row, Matthew Dalton is added at second row while Donegal native Joe Dunleavy starts at blindside flanker.

In the backline, Hugh O'Sullivan starts at scrum-half for the second time this campaign, while Ulster duo Angus Kernohan and Mark Keane are added on the wings.

Scotland trail Ireland by two points in the standings, but picked up their first win of the championship after overcoming England 24-17 at Myreside last time out.

Here is the Ireland team to face Scotland:

15. Michael Silvester (Dublin University/Leinster)

14. Angus Kernohan (Ballymena/Ulster)

13. Tommy O’Brien (UCD/Leinster) (capt)

12. Angus Curtis (Queen’s University/Ulster)

11. Mark Keane (Queen’s University/Ulster)

10. Harry Byrne (UCD/Leinster)

9. Hugh O’Sullivan (Clontarf/Leinster)

1. James French (UCC RFC/Munster)

2. Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)

3. Tom O’Toole (Banbridge/Ulster)

4. Matthew Dalton (Malone/Ulster)

5. Jack Dunne (Dublin University/Leinster)

6. Joe Dunleavy (Malone/Ulster)

7. Matthew Agnew (Ballymena/Ulster)

8. Jack O’Sullivan (UCC/Munster)

Replacements:

16. AN Other

17. Jordan Duggan (Naas/Leinster)

18. Jack Aungier (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

19. Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster)

20. Ronan Foley (UCD/Leinster)

21. Jonny Stewart (Queen’s University/Ulster)

22. Conor Dean (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

23. James Hume (Banbridge/Ulster)

Independent.ie's U-20s Six Nations coverage is in association with PwC

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