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Six Nations: Ireland U20’s confirmed for Wales

The Ireland Under-20 team has been named by head coach Mike Ruddock for this Friday’s opening game in the RBS Under-20 6 Nations Championship against Wales in Colwyn Bay.

Mike Ruddock has selected a new-look side with just two players from last year’s squad included in the starting line-up – full-back Stuart Olding and scrum half Luke McGrath who will also captain the side.

Olding is one of eight Ulster players in the squad and he is joined in the starting line up by Rory Scholes, Chris Taylor, John Donnan and Conor Joyce with John Andrew, Jake Caulfield and John Creighton benching.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ruddock said:

The panel have prepared well and have had some good results in our warm-up matches. The guys have worked very hard and are well conditioned.

The Championship opener between Wales and Ireland takes place at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay on Friday night (kick-off 7.10pm). The match will be shown live on RTE2

SQUADS

WALES U20IRELAND U20
Dion Jones15Stuart Olding
Ashley Evans14Alex O’Meara
Cory Allen13Tom Daly
Steff Hughes12Rory Scannell
Ashton Hewitt11Rory Scholes
Sam Davies10Steve Crosbie
Rhodri Williams9Luke McGrath
Nicky Smith1Brian Scott
Elliot Dee2George McGuigan
Nicky Thomas3Chris Taylor
Jack Jones4John Donnan
Rhodri Hughes5Gavin Thornbury
Sion Bennett6Peadar Timmins
Dan Thomas7Ryan Murphy
Ellis Jenkins8Conor Joyce
Ethan Lewis16John Andrew
Gareth Thomas17Peter Dooley
Dan Suter18Jake Caulfield
Llewellyn Jones19Sean McCarthy
James Benjamin20Josh van der Flier
Josh Davies21John Creighton
Ethan Davies22Darren Sweetnam
Tom Pascoe23David Panter

IRELAND U20 SIX NATIONS FIXTURES

  • Friday, February 1, 19:10 – Wales U20 v Ireland U20, Parc Eirias
  • Friday, February 8, 19:35 – Ireland U20 v England U20, Dubarry Park
  • Friday, February 22, 19:30 – Scotland U20 v Ireland U20, Netherdale
  • Friday, March 8, 19:45 – Ireland U20 v France U20, Dubarry Park
  • Friday, March 15, 18:00 – Italy U20 v Ireland U20, Stadio del Marsi

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