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U20 World Championship: Teams up for Ireland v Scotland

The teams are up for the World Rugby U20 Championship 9th Place Semi Final between Ireland U20 and Scotland U20 which takes place in Perpignan on Tuesday afternoon. Kick off 4:00 pm local, 3:00 pm UK/IRE.

As expected, it’s been a difficult tournament for the Irish team who were drawn in a tough group. However they will be disappointed that they failed to pick up a win in the pool stages and they will be keen to make a statement, and secure qualification for next season’s tournament, over the next two games.

They face familiar foes in Scotland U20 and the nature of their win against the Scots in the Six Nations fourth round match shows that they can’t take a win for granted. They have continued to show defensive lapses in this tournament and they still need to produce a full 80 minute performance. My own general feeling is that there is a good team in there waiting to burst out but they just seem unable to find the way.

The coaching ticket has looked to the backs to ring the changes with James Hume and Tommy O’Brien moving from the centre to the wings as Sean O’Brien and Peter Sylvester move from the wings to the centre. Harry Byrne comes in at out half and Michael Silvester returns to full back after missing the last game with a knock.

Up front, Joe Byrne comes in for Aungier and Joe Dunleavy and Matthew Agnew return to the starting line up giving Ulster four players in the starting XV with Matthew Dalton retaining his starting spot in second row.

Jonny Stewart takes the squad total to five but the management team have perhaps missed a trick by leaving the recently arrived Michael Lowry out of the selection, the highly rated Ulster out half perhaps being just the man to break down defences late in the game.

The FRU Predicts: Ireland have plenty in attack and it should be enough to bag a high scoring win against a rebuilding Scotland.

Ireland U20 Scotland U20
Michael Silvester15Paddy Dewhirst
James Hume14Logan Trotter
Sean O’Brien13Cameron Hutchison
Peter Sylvester12Stafford McDowall
Tommy O’Brien11Kyle Rowe
Harry Byrne10Callum McLelland
Hugh O’Sullivan9Charlie Chapman
Jordan Duggan1Sam Grahamslaw
Diarmuid Barron2Robbie Smith
Joe Byrne3Finlay Richardson
Matthew Dalton4Jamie Hodgson
Jack Dunne5Marshall Sykes
Joe Dunleavy6Martin Hughes
Matthew Agnew7Rory Darge
Caelan Doris8Devante Onojaife
Dan Sheehan16Finlay Scott
Bryan O’Connor17Ross Dunbar
Jakub Wojtkowicz18Murphy Walker
Charlie Ryan19Charlie Jupp
Jack Daly20Guy Graham
Jonny Stewart21Charlie Gowling
Conor Dean22Ross Thompson
Tom Roche23Fraser Strachan

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