Eight Munster Players Included in Ireland U-20 side Against New Zealand – Young Munster’s Calvin Nash with other members of the Ireland U-20 squad
Eight Munster Players Included in Ireland U-20 side Against New Zealand
Eight Munster players have been included in the Ireland U-20 side to face the ‘baby blacks’ in their final pool fixture at the U-20 World Rugby Championships in Kutaisi Stadium in Georgia, this Thursday, 12.30pm Irish time.
Ireland U-20 coach Peter Malone has named four Munster players in the backline. Young Munster’s Alan Tynan at full-back, the Garryowen duo of David McCarthy and Liam Coombes who will be making their first caps for Ireland at inside centre and left wing respectively.
Shannon RFC’s Conor Fitzgerald, who was only called into the squad as an injury replacement on Monday, will start at fly-half.
The Ireland U-20s squad features four more Munster players. UL-Bohemian prop Joey Conway returns to the starting line-up, where he is joined by Shannon hooker Adam Moloney and flanker John Foley, while Young Munster’s Gavin Coombes starts in the second row.
Fineen Wycherley, of Young Munster, and Jack Stafford, of Shannon, are listed among the replacements for the game and will be hoping to make an appearance in the game.
Ireland U-20s have lost their opening two pool fixtures against Italy and Scotland. Head coach Peter Malone said: “It’s been a difficult opening to the tournament for the team, but we have a young side and while everyone is disappointed that the results haven’t gone our way so far, the players will have gained a lot from those two games.
He continued: “There are more players gaining their first U20s caps tomorrow so it gives them the opportunity to show what they can do in an Ireland jersey. New Zealand have looked impressive in their opening games against Scotland and Italy so we will need to take the learnings from our opening games and be ready for a huge test tomorrow.”
The match will be broadcast live by eir Sport this Thursday at 12:30 pm.
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