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Ireland U20: Who Did What 2012

Ireland had quite a successful 2012 winning 8 of their 10 matches. Despite this they finished 3rd in the Six Nations in February and March and 5th the Junior World Championships in South Africa in June.

We have taken advantage of our site cleanup to review our historical coverage of international and provincial sides over the last 10 years. This article was written on Friday 5th February 2021 and has been entered retrospectively into the appropriate timeline.

2012 U20 Six Nations

Despite going into the final round undefeated Ireland ended up in third place, on points difference, following a defeat by England.


  • 3rd February 2012. Ireland 11 – 6 Wales, Dubarry Park
  • 11th February 2012. France 12 – 13 Ireland, Stade Des Alpes
  • 24th February 2012. Ireland 27 – 8 Italy, Dubarry Park
  • 9th Match 2012. Ireland 26 – 0 Scotland, Dubarry Park
  • 16th March 2012. England 20 – 9 Ireland, Adams Park


2012 U20 Six Nations – Final Standings

Players Used

Head coach Mike Ruddock, assisted by Allen Clarke, used a total of 27 players throughout the 2012 Six Nations. This was 10 players less than the previous season.

It was a settled squad with 19 players involved in all five squads and a core of seven players started every game.

Ulster’s Paddy Jackson captained the team and he was joined by Iain Henderson, Kyle McCall Chris Farrell and Stuart Olding.

Conor GilsenanUCDLeinster505
Iain HendersonQueen’s UniversityUlster505
Jack ConanOld BelvedereLeinster505
JJ HanrahanUL BohemianMunster505
Kyle McCallBallynahinchUlster505
Paddy JacksonDungannonUlster505
Shane LaydenBuccaneersConnacht505
Aaron ConneelyCorinthiansConnacht415
Chris FarrellDungannonUlster415
Daniel QualterBuccaneersConnacht415
Foster HoranLansdowneLeinster415
Peter ReillyLansdowneLeinster415
Luke McGrathUCDLeinster325
Kieran MarmionCorinthiansConnacht235
Des MerreyClontarfLeinster145
James RaelGarryowenMunster145
Jordan CoghlanUCDLeinster145
Tadgh BeirneLansdowneLeinster145
Cathal MarshTrinity CollegeLeinster055
Conor FinnBuccaneersConnacht404
Niall ScannellDolphinMunster404
Jake CawleyOld BelvedereLeinster044
Stuart OldingBelfast HarlequinsUlster033
Sam Coghlan MurrayUCDLeinster202
Barry DalyUCDLeinster101
Callum O’ConnellGalwegiansConnacht011
Diarmuid HigginsBuccaneersConnacht011
Check Sum7540115
Ireland U20 2012 Six Nations Squad – Players Used

Points Scored

Ireland finished the tournament with a 40 point surplus, scoring 86 points and conceding 46. Their points came from 7 tries, 3 conversions (43% conversion rate), 3 penalties and it was great to see 2 drop goals as well.

Jackson was the main kicker for the second successive season picking up 45 points from the boot, including 3 from a drop. Shane Layden was the lead try scorer with 3 tries over the tournament. Worthy of note is Luke McGrath’s 8 points which also included 3 from a drop goal.

Paddy Jackson312145
Shane Layden315
Luke McGrath118
Foster Horan15
Iain Henderson15
Jack Conan15
JJ Hanrahan13
Ireland U20 2012 Six Nations Squad – Scorers


2012 IRB Junior World Championship

The 2012 JWC was played in South Africa with Ireland based in Stellenbosch in Pool B alongside England and hosts South Africa for the second year with Italy making up the group.

Despite losing top scorers Jackson and Layden from the Six Nations squad, Ireland lost only one game in, a very competitive group and were unlucky to miss out on a top four finish by a single bonus point. South Africa topped the pool, despite their opening day loss to Ireland, and the host team went on to win the tournament.

Ireland ended up in the 5th – 8th playoffs and finished 5th after big wins against England and France. Their win against England gave Ireland a great deal of satisfaction after England had beaten them in the pool stages. Ireland’s 5th place finish was their highest to date


  • 4 June 2012. South Africa 19 – 23 Ireland, Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
  • 8 June 2012. England 20 – 15 Ireland, Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
  • 12 June 2012. Ireland 41 – 12 Italy, Cape Town Stadium, Green Point
  • 17 June 2012. Ireland 27 – 12 England, University of the Western Cape Stadium, Bellville
  • 22 June 2012. France 7 – 18 Ireland, Newlands Stadium, Newlands

Pool Standings

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2012 JWC – Pool B Standings

Final Rankings

1. South Africa, 2. New Zealand, 3. Wales, 4. Argentina, 5. Ireland, 6. France, 7. England, 8. Australia, 9. Scotland, 10. Samoa, 11. Fiji, 12. Italy.

Players Used

There were 28 players used during the World Championships with Callum O’Connell, Daniel Qualter, Diarmuid Higgins, McCall, Jackson and Layden dropping out, or withdrawn from the Six Nations squad.

Alan O’Connor, Jack Carty, Josh Van Der Flier, Mikey Sherlock, Peter Nelson, Shane Buckley and Tadhg Furlong were brought in with Munster’s Niall Scannell taking over the captaincy from the absent Jackson.

Chris FarrellDungannonUlster505
Des MerreyClontarfLeinster505
Iain HendersonQueen’s UniversityUlster505
Jack ConanOld BelvedereLeinster505
Peter NelsonDungannonUlster505
Kieran MarmionCorinthiansConnacht415
Niall ScannellDolphinMunster415
Tadhg BeirneLansdowneLeinster415
Tadhg FurlongClontarfLeinster415
Alan O’ConnorUCDLeinster325
Jack CartyBuccaneersConnacht145
James RaelGarryowenMunster145
Luke McGrathUCDLeinster145
Peter ReillyLansdowneLeinster145
Jake CawleyOld BelvedereLeinster055
Barry DalyUCDLeinster404
Foster HoranLansdowneLeinster404
JJ HanrahanUL BohemianMunster404
Jordan CoghlanUCDLeinster404
Stuart OldingBelfast HarlequinsUlster224
Aaron ConneelyCorinthiansConnacht134
Shane BuckleyGarryowenMunster044
Sam Coghlan MurrayUCDLeinster303
Mikey SherlockClontarfLeinster123
Conor GilsenanUCDLeinster202
Conor FinnBuccaneersConnacht112
Josh Van Der FlierUCDLeinster101
Cathal MarshTrinity CollegeLeinster011
Check Sum7540115
Ireland U20 2012 JWC Squad – Players Used

Points Scored

Ireland ended their tournament with a surfeit of 54 points having scored an impressive 124 points and conceding 70. The points came from 13 tries, 10 conversions (77% conversion rate), 12 penalties and 1 drop goal.

JJ Hanrahan,1611153
Jack Carty4111
Iain Henderson210
Jordan Coghlan,210
Peter Nelson210
Aaron Conneely15
Barry Daly15
Chris Farrell15
James Rael15
Kieran Marmion15
Luke McGrath15
Ireland U20 2012 JWC Squad – Scorers

JJ Hanrahan took over the main kicking duties and clocked up 53 points over the tournament, including 5 from a try. Ulster’s Henderson and Nelson tied with Leinster’s Jordan Coghlan as the leading try scorers on two tries each.


Season Review

This was Ireland U20’s most successful season to date with an overall 76% points pick up over the 10 games. But for a couple of minor glitches against their old rivals, England, it could have been a Six Nations and World Championship double.

As it was, they ended up with an 80% points pick up in the Six Nations and a 72% points pick up in the World Championships and they will have taken a lot of pleasure in getting revenge over England, the only side to have beaten them this season, in the World Championship semi finals.

Players Used

There were 34 players used throughout the season as Ruddock and Clarke looked for a season of consolidation. There were nine players involved in all ten squads with Henderson and Jack Conan starting every game.

Iain HendersonQueen’s UniversityUlster10010315
Jack ConanOld BelvedereLeinster1001015
Chris FarrellDungannonUlster911015
Des MerreyClontarfLeinster64100
Kieran MarmionCorinthiansConnacht641015
Peter ReillyLansdowneLeinster55100
Tadgh BeirneLansdowneLeinster55100
Luke McGrathUCDLeinster46102113
James RaelGarryowenMunster281015
JJ HanrahanUL BohemianMunster9091612156
Foster HoranLansdowneLeinster81915
Niall ScannellDolphinMunster8190
Aaron ConneelyCorinthiansConnacht54915
Jordan CoghlanUCDLeinster549210
Jake CawleyOld BelvedereLeinster0990
Conor GilsenanUCDLeinster7070
Stuart OldingBelfast HarlequinsUlster2570
Conor FinnBuccaneersConnacht5160
Cathal MarshTrinity CollegeLeinster0660
Barry DalyUCDLeinster50515
Kyle McCallBallynahinchUlster5050
Paddy JacksonDungannonUlster505312145
Peter NelsonDungannonUlster505210
Sam Coghlan MurrayUCDLeinster5050
Shane LaydenBuccaneersConnacht505315
Daniel QualterBuccaneersConnacht4150
Tadhg FurlongClontarfLeinster4150
Alan O’ConnorUCDLeinster3250
Jack CartyBuccaneersConnacht1454111
Shane BuckleyGarryowenMunster0440
Mikey SherlockClontarfLeinster1230
Josh Van Der FlierUCDLeinster1010
Callum O’ConnellGalwegiansConnacht0110
Diarmuid HigginsBuccaneersConnacht0110
Check Sum150802302013253210
2012 Ireland U20 Players Used

JJ Hanrahan ended the season as the leading scorer with 56 points and Iain Henderson and Shane Layden tied for leading try scorer with 3 tries each but unfortunately we couldn’t find a confirmed pic of Layden. 🙁

JJ Hanrahan

Leading Scorer 2012

Iain Henderson

Leading Try Scorer 2012

Provincial Contributions

Leinster once again topped the player contributions, supplying 16 players to the squads. Connacht were next with 8 players, followed by Ulster on 6 and Munster with 4.

Ulster’s contribution did increase with 26% actual starts with Leinster out in front with 46% starts. Ulster did however make the largest contribution for points scored, bringing home 36% of the total.

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Ireland U20 2012 Squad – Provincial contributions.

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