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U20 World Championship: Teams announced for France v Ireland

Three Ulster players are named in Ireland’s starting team while another two are replacements as Ireland kick off their World Rugby Championship campaign tomorrow evening against the hosts, France at the Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan.(KO 20:00 UK/Irish time)

Matthew Dalton starts in the second row while Joe Dunleavy and Matthew Agnew occupy the wing forward positions. Jonny Stewart and Aaron Hall are named on the bench.

Ireland were dealt with a blow this week when Tom O’Toole was ruled out of the tournament with an injury with more emphasis being placed on Jack Aungier who starts at tighthead prop. Diarmuid Barron is named at hooker while James French is Ireland’s loosehead prop. Leinster’s Jack Dunne partners Ulster’s Dalton at lock. Highly rated St Mary’s forward, Caelan Doris captains the side from No.8 instead of the injured Jack O’Sullivan.

Hugh O’Sullivan is named as scrum half and Harry Byrne retains his position from the Six Nations at outhalf while Peter Sylvester partners Tommy O’Brien in the centres. Dan Hurley and Tom Roche make up the left wing and right wing positions with Michael Silvester starting at fullback.

France head into the tournament in a buoyant mood after clinching the Six Nations title on points difference over England earlier in the year and recorded a 34-24 victory over Ireland in that tournament.

This French side is littered with talent with Romain N’tamack, son of former France star Emile N’tamack starting at outhalf tomorrow. The Toulouse academy player scored two tries against Ireland in the Six Nations and has been a regular in the side since the 2017 Six Nations campaign. Having made his Toulouse debut in October 2017, he poses a real threat to Ireland with the ball in hand.

N’tamack is not the only French player with senior experience in this French side; outside centre Pierre-Louis Barassi made five appearances for Lyon in the 2016/17 Challenge Cup while Cameron Woki has appeared for Bordeaux in the same competition as well as the TOP14. Daniel Brennan, son of disgraced Ireland lock Trevor Brennan, starts in the front row.

Ireland’s Tommy O’Brien put in a good shift against England in the concluding Six Nations and marked his performance with a superb read to intercept a pass. Caelan Doris is yet another forward to be wheeled off the Leinster production line. His power and strong running was an asset during the 2017 U20 Six Nations and made his first senior appearance for his province against Connacht.

The FRU predicts: France are favourites for this match and will be expected to open their campaign with a win. A win for Ireland against a very good side would boost confidence ahead of another tricky match against South Africa on June 3rd. France by 5.

France Ireland
Clement Laporte15Michael Silvester
Lucas Tauzin14Tom Roche
Pierre-Louis Barassi13Tommy O’Brien
Adrien Seguret12Peter Sylvester
Maxime Marty11Dan Hurley
Romain N’tamack10Harry Byrne
Arthur Coville9Hugh O’Sullivan
Hassane Kolingar1James French
Maxime Lamothe2Diarmuid Barron
Daniel Brennan3Jack Aungier
Thomas Lavault4Matthew Dalton
Kilian Geraci5Jack Dunne
Sacha Zegueur6Joe Dunleavy
Cameron Woki7Matthew Agnew
Charlie Francoz8Caelan Doris
   
Guillaume Marchand16Dan Sheehan
Jean Baptiste Gros17Jordan Duggan
Demba Bamba18Joe Byrne
Pierre-Henri Azagoh19Charlie Ryan
Jordan Joseph20Aaron Hall
Jules Gimbert21Jonny Stewart
Louis Carbonel22Conor Dean
Matthis Lebel23Sean O’Brien

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