Ireland dealt major blow ahead of U20 World Cup as young stars Scott Penny and Harry Byrne are ruled out
Ireland have been dealt a blow ahead of the World Rugby U20 Championships in Argentina next month with the news that key duo Scott Penny and Harry Byrne have been ruled out through injury.
Openside flanker Penny was one of the stars of Ireland's Grand Slam campaign earlier this year, with the 19-year-old also making six senior appearances for Leinster in an impressive first season in professional rugby.
However, a shoulder injury has ruled him out of the U20 World Cup, with Leinster out-half Harry Byrne joining him on the sidelines. Byrne, brother of Leinster ten Ross, has picked up a hip injury and is unavailable for selection. Ireland are already without influential playmaker David Hawkshaw, who was named captain before the Six Nations and was subsequently struck down with an ACL tear.
It is a blow to head coach Noel McNamara, who today named an extended 32-man squad for the tournament, which will be reduced to 28 before the team departs for Argentina.
Second row Charlie Ryan will captain the side, while scrum-half Craig Casey has been named vice-captain.
Speaking about his squad, McNamara said:
"History has shown us that this is an attritional competition and it’s important that anyone who may take to the field in Argentina is up to speed with how want to play.
"With that in mind we have named an extended squad ahead of setting off in two weeks’ time.
"We have had some really positive sessions since the Six Nations, and with another camp coming up next week we will continue to build on preparations ahead of the first game against England."
Ireland's extended squad for World Rugby U20 Championship 2019
Declan Adamson (Clontarf/Leinster) *
Thomas Ahern (Shannon/Munster)
Azur Allison (Ballymena/Ulster)
Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster)
Tom Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster)
Brian Deeny (Clontarf/Leinster)
John Hodnett (UCC)
David McCann (Banbridge/Ulster)
John McKee (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Michael Milne (UCD/Leinster)
Martin Moloney (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Callum Reid (Banbridge/Ulster)
Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster) Captain
Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht)
Charlie Ward (Clontarf/Leinster)
Ronan Watters (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)
Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster)
Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster) Vice-Captain
Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
Cormac Foley (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)
Sean French (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Ben Healy (Garryowen/Munster)
Bruce Houston (Ballymena/Ulster)
Iwan Hughes (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Angus Kernohan (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Adam LaGrue (Terenure College/Leinster)
Stewart Moore (Malone/Ulster)
Colm Reilly (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster)
Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster)
Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster)