2016-17 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations Under 20 Wales U20

Ireland U20’s face tough test in Wales!

The teams have been announced for Ireland U20’s Six Nations match against their Welsh counterparts which takes place on Saturday evening at Parc Eirias. Kick off 18:30, live on S4C/RTE.

It should be the third of three cracking matches against the Welsh but, as with the Women and the Men’s sides the Ulster representation is disappointingly small. Johnny McPhillips, Peter Cooper and Rob Lyttle are all ruled out due to injury. but with a bit of luck they should all be back for the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in June.

Their absence leaves Jonny Stewart, starting at scrum half, and Marcus Rea, starting as back row replacement, as the only Ulster representatives in the squad this time round.

Ireland U20’s have recorded three wins out of three in the Six Nations but it’s been an abrasive competition for the Irish youngsters. This time round they welcome back Jack Kelly who slots into midfield bumping Tommy O’Brien out to wing and Jordan Larmour to full back.

Fineen Wycherley and Gavin Coombes return up front and the uncapped Greg McGrath and Jack Stanford join the replacements.

Wales have only made one change to the team that beat Scotland with Shane Lewis-Hughes returning for his first appearance this season having recovered from injury. He’s a big unit!

This will be another enticingly close game and, as with the other two, it could go either way. It’ll be interesting to see how my predictions work out this week!

The FRU Predicts: I just like what Nigel Carolan is doing with the U20’s the last couple of seasons. his teams usually find a way to win, so I’m going with Ireland U20’s in this one.

Rhun Williams15Jordan Larmour
Corey Baldwin14Tommy O’Brien
Cameron Lewis13Jack Kelly
Keiran Williams12Ciaran Frawley
Ryan Conbeer11Calvin Nash
Ben Jones10Bill Johnston
Dane Blacker9Jonny Stewart
Rhys Carre1Joey Conway
Corrie Tarrant2Tadgh McElroy
Keiron Assiratti3Charlie Connolly
Alex Dombrandt4Fineen Wycherley
Sean Moore5Oisin Dowling
Shane Lewis-Hughes6Gavin Coombes
Will Jones7Paul Boyle
Aled Ward8Caelan Doris
Owen Hughes16Ronan Kelleher
Steff Thomas17Greg McGrath
Chris Coleman18Matthew Burke
Jack Pope19Jack Regan
James Botham20Marcus Rea
Reuben Morgan-Williams21Jack Stafford
Phil Jones22Conor Fitzgerald
Ioan Nicholas23Colm Hogan

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