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U20 Championship: Teams announced for Ireland U20 v Georgia U20

The teams have been announced for the final round of the World Rugby U20 Championship where Ireland U20 face Georgia U20 in the 9th place positional play-off. The match takes place at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon with a local kick-off at 13:00, 10:00 UK/IRE.

There are a couple of changes to the Ireland U20 side that beat Samoa last time out, the bad news is that Ulster’s Peter Cooper misses out altogether, having been the provinces only starter last time out. Cooper is replaced by Charlie Connolly at tighthead with Greg McGrath benching for this one.

Gavin Coombes also drops from the starting lineup to the bench, with John Foley starting, Foley showing up for a lot of carries when he came on as a replacement against Samoa.

In the backs, it’s pretty much the same again with David McCarthy in for Ciaran Frawley, in the centre, the only change. Frawley looked to be limping when he was replaced last time out but McCarthy’s abrasive play won’t go wanting in what’s sure to be a physical challenge against a fired-up home side.

Ulster is represented on the bench by scrum half Jonny Stewart and back three replacement, Mark Keane with both expected to see game time in this encounter.

With only a win against Samoa to their credit, this has to be regarded as a disappointing tournament for the Irish youngsters, who promised so much after their rousing display against the all-conquering English side way back in March.

Injuries to, and withdrawals of, key players plus the untimely changing of the head coach have seen the campaign lack a degree of consistency. However, there can be no better game to finish the campaign off on a high than to beat the tournament hosts in front of their own support.

It’s a young squad with eleven players available for next season so hopefully, the experience won’t go to waste next season.

The FRU Predicts: I’m looking forward to this one which should be quite the occasion in front of the home crowd. However, I suspect it’ll be Ireland celebrating at the end of this one.

Alan Tynan15Miriani Modebadze
Michael Silvester14Saba Svimonishvili
Gavin Mullin13Bezhani Gavashelishvili
David McCarthy12Giorgi Kvesladze
Calvin Nash11Davit Meskhi
Conor Dean10Tedo Abzhandadze
Jack Stafford9Gela Aprasidze
Jordan Duggan1Guram Gogichashvili
Ronan Kelleher2Levan Papidze
Charlie Connolly3Guram Papidze
Fineen Wycherley4Lasha Jaiani
Oisin Dowling5Koba Jimsheleishvili
John Foley6Beka Saghinadaze
Paul Boyle7Ilia Spanderashvili (C)
Caelan Doris8Arseni Machaladze
Adam Moloney16Levan Tchavtchavadze
Joey Conway17Ushangi Tcheishvili
Greg McGrath18Lasha Tabidze
Jack Regan19Tornike Jalagonia
Gavin Coombes20Sandro Mamamtavrishvili
Jonny Stewart21Luka Dvalishvili
Ciaran Frawley22Giorgi Tsiklauri
Mark Keane23Beka Mamukashvili

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