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Ireland U20 make five changes for world championship clash with South Africa

30 May 2018; Michael Silvester of Ireland during the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018 Pool C match between France and Ireland at the Stade Aime Giral in Perpignan, France. Photo by Sportsfile
30 May 2018; Michael Silvester of Ireland during the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018 Pool C match between France and Ireland at the Stade Aime Giral in Perpignan, France. Photo by Sportsfile

Ireland U20 head coach Noel McNamara has made five changes to his side to face South Africa in the world championship tomorrow afternoon.

It is Ireland's second game of the tournament, having picked up a losing bonus point in the narrow 26-24 defeat to hosts France on Wednesday night.

Ireland need a win to keep their semi-final hopes alive and McNamara has brought in some fresh blood to try and topple the Junior Springboks.

Four of the changes have been made in the backline, with scrum-half Hugh O'Sullivan and out-half Harry Byrne rotated to the bench in place of Jonny Stewart and Conor Dean respectively.

Sean O'Brien comes in on the wing in place of the injured Dan Hurley, while James Hume gets the nod at 12 instead of Peter Sylvester.

In the pack, Cormac Daly comes in at second row for Matthew Dalton.

The game kicks off in Narbonne tomorrow at 3.30pm Irish time.

Ireland

15. Michael Silvester (Dublin University/Leinster)

14. Tom Roche (Lansdowne/Leinster)

13. Tommy O'Brien (UCD/Leinster)

12. James Hume (Banbridge/Ulster)

11. Sean O'Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)

10. Conor Dean (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

9. Jonny Stewart (Queen's University/Ulster)

1. Jordan Duggan (Naas/Leinster)

2. Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen/Munster)

3. Jack Aungier (St. Mary's College/Leinster)

4. Cormac Daly (Clontarf/Leinster)

5. Jack Dunne (Dublin University/Leinster)

6. Joe Dunleavy Malone(/Ulster)

7. Matthew Agnew (Ballymena/Ulster)

8. Caelan Doris (St. Mary's College/Leinster) (capt)

 

Replacements:

16. Dan Sheehan (Dublin University/Leinster)

17. Bryan O'Connor (UCC/Munster) *

18. Joe Byrne (Dublin University/Leinster)

19. Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster)

20. Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

21. Hugh O'Sullivan (Clontarf/Leinster)

22. Harry Byrne (UCD/Leinster)

23. James McCarthy (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Independent.ie's World Rugby U-20s Championship coverage is in association with PwC

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