Ireland include five uncapped players in squad for World Rugby U20 Championships in France
Ireland have named a 28-man squad for this summer's World Rugby U20 Championships in France.
St. Mary's College's Caelan Doris, who was awarded a senior contract by Leinster last week, will captain the side.
Doris, along with fellow forwards Diarmuid Barron and Jordan Duggan and backs; Conor Dean and Michael Silvester are all set to feature at their second U20 World Championships, having been involved in Georgia last summer.
Prop Joe Byrne, hooker Dan Sheehan, wings Dan Hurley and Tom Roche and centre Peter Sylvester are all in line for their first U20 caps in France.
Ireland share Pool C with France, Georgia and South Africa and will face the hosts on the opening day of the tournament in Perpignan.
Head coach Noel McNamara said: "It’s an exciting time for the players and management as we prepare to head to the south of France for the U20 World Championships.
There’s a lot of talent in this squad and the players are all preparing well.
We’re up against three physical sides in our pool, and with France up first, it will be a great test for the players on the opening day of the tournament and something that everyone is looking forward to."
Ireland U-20 Squad (World Rugby U20 Championship 2018):
Matthew Agnew (Ballymena RFC/Ulster)
Jack Aungier (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)
Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen FC/Munster)
Joe Byrne (Dublin University/Leinster) *
Matthew Dalton (Malone RFC/Ulster)
Cormac Daly (Clontarf FC/Leinster)
Caelan Doris (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster) Captain
Jordan Duggan (Naas RFC/Leinster)
Jack Dunne (Dublin University FC/Leinster)
Joe Dunleavy (Malone RFC/Ulster)
James French (UCC/Munster)
Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster)
Tom O’Toole (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
Jack O’Sullivan (UCC RFC/Munster)
Charlie Ryan (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Dan Sheehan (Dublin University FC/Leinster) *
Harry Byrne (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Conor Dean (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)
Dan Hurley (Garryowen FC/Munster) *
James Hume (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
Sean O’Brien (Clontarf FC/Leinster)
Hugh O’Sullivan (Clontarf FC/Leinster)
Tom Roche (Lansdowne FC/Leinster) *
Michael Silvester (Dublin University FC/Leinster)
Jonny Stewart (QUB RFC/Ulster)
Peter Sylvester (UCC RFC / Munster)
Tommy O’Brien (UCD RFC/Leinster)
James McCarthy (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
*Denotes uncapped at this level
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