Ireland Name Side For Clash With Italy At U20 World Championship

Ireland U20

Ireland U20 head coach Noel McNamara has named his starting XV for Wednesday’s final pool match at the World Rugby U20 Championship. 

Ireland will take on Italy (KO 2.30 pm) in the knowledge that there is still a mathematical possibility that they can reach the semi-finals.

Ireland have been plagued by injuries throughout the campaign and McNamara has made a number of changes, some enforced, to the team which will take on the Italians.

Up front, Munster’s Josh Wycherley starts alongside John McKee and Michael Milne. Thomas Aherne and Ryan Baird, who had his red card rescinded, start together in the second-row. The back-row is made up of David McCann, Ciaran Booth and Azur Allison.

Vice-captain Craig Casey is named on the bench which gives Colm Reilly an opportunity to start at scrum-half. He will partner Ben Healy who starts at out-half.

Cormac Foley is named at inside centre and he partners Liam Turner who captains the side. The back-three is made up of Rob Russell, Angus Kernohan and Jake Flannery.

Ireland U20 Team v Itay U20:

15. Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
14. Angus Kernohan (Queen’s University/Ulster)
13. Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster) Captain
12. Cormac Foley (St.Mary’s College/Leinster)
11. Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster)
10. Ben Healy (Garryowen/Munster)
9. Colm Reilly (Buccaneers/Connacht)
1. Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster)
2. John McKee (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
3. Michael Milne (UCD/Leinster)
4. Thomas Ahern (Shannon/Munster)
5. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster)
6. David McCann (Banbridge/Ulster)
7. Ciaran Booth (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby)
8. Azur Allison (Ballymena/Ulster)


16. Declan Adamson (Clontarf/Leinster)
17. Tom Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster)
18. Charlie Ward (Clontarf/Leinster)
19. Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht
20. Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster)
21. Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht)
22. Luke Clohessy (Shannon/Munster) *
24. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster)
25. Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster)
26. David Ryan (UCD/Leinster) *
27. Aaron O’Sullivan (UCD/Leinster) *
28. Max O’Reilly (Dublin University/Leinster) *

*Denotes uncapped at this level

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (SARU)

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