2016-17 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Samoa U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 Championship: Teams up for Ireland U20 v Samoa U20

The teams have been announced for the 9 – 12 place semi-final between Ireland U20 and Samoa U20 in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship. The match takes place at the Avchala Stadium, Tbilisi, kick off 13:00 local, 10:00 UK/IRE.

It’s been a difficult tournament for the Irish youngsters, and the attrition of this tournament has taken its toll with Marcus Rea (shoulder), Jack Kelly (ankle), Sean Masterson (ankle), Conor Fitzgerald (ankle) and Liam Coombes (thigh) all sent home after the loss to New Zealand. 

Mark Keane – wing (Instonians/Ulster), Cormac Daly – back row (Navan/Leinster), Luke Carty – out-half (Buccaneers/Connacht) have all travelled out to Georgia through Ulster’s Keane, who had an impressive game for Ulster against the Barbarians recently, is the only one of the new arrivals in the squad for Samoa.

Keane is joined on the bench by fellow Ulster players Jonny Stewart and Jack Regan with Peter Cooper the province’s only start this time round with the Quins player starting at tighthead.

However, with this expected to be yet another abrasive game, my guess is that the bench will get plenty of game time.

To put some perspective on this match, this is the one that Ireland really need to win. They do not want to be going into the finals on Sunday facing a relegation play-off against an impressive Argentina or, the hosts, Georgia.

The FRU Predicts: It’s been a difficult tournament and the team face another physical encounter against Samoa but the back row of Coombes, Boyle and Doris should provide enough ball for Ireland to win this one in a high scoring match.

Alan Tynan15Ricky Ene
Michael Silvester14Darren Moore
Gavin Mullin13Tanielu Trle’a
Ciaran Frawley12Kerrod Foaese
Calvin Nash11Alexander Pohla-Murphy
Conor Dean10TagaloaFonoti
Jack Stafford9Howard Tagoai
Jordan Duggan1Setu Enoka
Ronan Kelleher2Noel Sanft (C)
Peter Cooper3Afioga Ielemia
Fineen Wycherley4Theodore Solipo
Oisin Dowling5Julius Togafau
Gavin Coombes6Francis Ah Him
Paul Boyle (C)7Caleb Faalili
Caelan Doris8Sione Tu’ipolotu
Adam Moloney16Petelo Ikenasio
Joey Conway17Suetena Asomua
Charlie Connolly18Frank Tupuola
Jack Regan19Peonard Solomona
John Foley20Peato Toeafe
Jonny Stewart21Wyatt Setu
David McCarthy22Pupi Ah See
Mark Keane23Foto Tinei

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