Under 20: Teams up for Ireland v Wales.

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Ireland and Wales U20’s kick off a big weekend of Six Nations Rugby in Dublin tonight when they go head to head at Donnybrook Stadium, kick off 19:15.

The squad features six Ulster players with Jonny Stewart returning to the fold, after senior Ulster duty, and Banbridge’s James Hume has recovered from a leg fracture to gain his first cap at this level. Hume partners Queens University’s Angus Curtis in the centre and Ballymena’s Matthew Agnew continues in the back row.

Banbridge’s Tom O’Toole and Ballymena’s Angus Kernohan keep their places on the bench for the third successive match.

Ireland U20’s currently lie fourth in the Six Nations table after a narrow defeat to France and a narrow win against Italy. Performances haven’t been overwhelming to date and they have struggled to find an 80 minute performance. However, that’s pretty much power for the course at this level and, as I said before, the U20 Six Nations is really about building towards a squad for the World Championship in June.

Despite good individual performances from Harry Byrne and James McCarthy the backs have yet to gel and the return of the experienced Stewart and the inclusion of Hume should help. Hume, in particular, has a chance to make his mark as this is the third centre partnership in three games and none of them have really clicked.

Up front, the return of Ronan Kelleher, after a late withdrawal last time, is a welcome boost as the hooker ads a bit of pace and aggression to the front row. So far the pack have been fairly workman like and the back row lost their way somewhat in the second half, last time out, so I’m expecting a bit more fronting up in this one.

The first two matches went pretty much as expected results wise but this is a game that Ireland will be expecting to win and they wont be able to drift out of the game for long periods like they did against the Italians.

Ireland  Wales
Michael Silvester (Leinster)15Cai Evans (Ospreys)
Tommy O’Brien (Leinster)14Joe Goodchild (Dragons)
James Hume (Ulster)13Callum Carson (Ospreys)
Angus Curtis (Ulster)12Max Llewellyn (Cardiff Blues)
James McCarthy (Munster)11Tommy Rogers (Scarlets)
Harry Byrne (Leinster)10Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues)
Jonny Stewart (Ulster)9Harri Morgan (Ospreys)
Jordan Duggan (Leinster)1Josh Reynolds (Dragons)
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster)2Iestyn Harris (Cardiff Blues)
Jack Aungier (Leinster)3Rhys Henry (Ospreys)
Cormac Daly (Leinster)4Owen Lloyd (Cardiff Blues)
Jack Dunne (Leinster)5Max Williams (Dragons)
Sean Masterson (Connacht)6Tommy Reffell (Leicester) (c)
Matthew Agnew (Ulster)7James Botham (Cardiff Blues)
Jack O’Sullivan (Munster)8Taine Basham (Dragons)
Diarmuid Barron (Munster)16Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues)
James French (Munster)17Dewi Lake (Ospreys)
Tom O’Toole (Ulster)18Kemsley Mathias* (Scarlets)
Charlie Ryan (Leinster)19Jack Pope (Bridgend)
Ronan Foley (Leinster)20Morgan Morris (Ospreys)
Hugh O’Sullivan (Leinster)21Dan Babos (Dragons)
Conor Dean (Leinster)22Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues)
Angus Kernohan (Ulster)23Dafydd Smith* (Cardiff Blues)

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