The Ireland Under-20 team to face France at Dubarry Park on Friday night (kick-off 19:45) has been named.
Head coach Mike Ruddock has made two changes in personnel, with the return of Stuart Olding and Conor Joyce from RaboDirect PRO12 duty with Ulster. They are joined in the squad by fellow Ulster youngsters Rory Scholes, Chris Taylor, John Donnan, John Andrew and John Creighton.
Ulster’s Peter Nelson, who runs out for the Ravens tomorrow at Connacht, is just too late recovering from injury to be involved and of course Chris Farrell is still out.
Olding, who touched down against both Glasgow Warriors and Benetton Treviso, starts at full-back in a back-three combination that is completed by winger David Panter and Scholes.
Joyce, a starter for the province against Glasgow, has been named at blindside flanker. Darragh Leader and Peadar Timmins will resume on the replacements bench.
Speaking ahead of the clash with France, Mike Ruddock said:
We have a tough battle on our hands against a strong French team. They have recalled to their squad a number of players with Heineken Cup experience. We need to reproduce our valiant effort we showed against England.
Friday’s Under-20 match will broadcast live from Athlone on RTÉ Two, with coverage starting at 7.30pm.
|IRELAND U20||FRANCE U20|
|Stuart Olding||15||Nicolas Metge|
|David Panter||14||Florian Vialelle|
|Tom Daly||13||Gael Fickou|
|Rory Scannell||12||Thibaut Regard|
|Rory Scholes||11||Stephen Parez|
|Steve Crosbie||10||Vincent Mallet|
|Luke McGrath||9||Yohan Domenech|
|Peter Dooley||1||Cyril Baille|
|George McGuigan||2||Romain Ruffenach|
|Chris Taylor||3||Khatchik Vartanov|
|Gavin Thornbury||4||Jean-Baptiste Singer|
|John Donnan||5||Paul Jedrasiak|
|Conor Joyce||6||Jean-Blaise Lespinasse|
|Josh van der Flier||7||Francois Cros|
|Ryan Murphy||8||Mathieu Babillot|
|John Andrew||16||Oleg Ishchenko|
|Ryan Furniss||17||Alexis Valette|
|Adam Boland||18||Pascal Cotet|
|Sean McCarthy||19||Leo Bastien|
|Peadar Timmins||20||Baptiste Serin|
|John Creighton||21||Enzo Selponi|
|Mark Roche||22||Etienne Dussartre|
|Darragh Leader||23||Yacouba Camara|