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Ireland U20: All you need to know about Ireland U20 v England U20. Take 2.

We have an indepth look at the two teams ahead of this afternoon’s 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship 5th Place semi final match. Kick off is at 15:30 in Argentina, 19:30 in UK/IRE.

The match should be streamed live for those of us in the UK and will also be shown on EIR Sports.

Why is this match important?

Both teams will have gone into this competition with aspirations of a top four finish so you could argue that there will be a sense of disappointment in both camps with a 5th place play off. However, both teams still have plenty to play for. 

Ireland will want to finish in the top six, at least, so they don’t devalue a Six Nations Grand Slam winning season and England will desperately want to rejuvenate a disappointing season, spoiled by indiscipline, and will feel they can push on in this competition  following their defeat of Australia. 

Of course, it’s also Ireland v England and both teams should have no problem getting up for this one. 

Whoever wins this game is guaranteed a top six finish in the 5th place final against the winners of the other semi final between New Zealand and Wales. 

What happened last time they met?

Ireland have a 2 – 0 advantage over England this season winning their Six Nations meeting 35 – 27 in Cork and, of course, Ireland won their opening pool match in this competition 42 – 26 on 4th June. 

Ireland will be looking to record an unprecedented third straight victory over their English opponents who will be equally determined to make sure that doesn’t happen! 

Will that match have any effect on this one?

A lot changes over a couple of rounds in this intense competition. 

Ireland field only six players in their starting positions from the first round meeting in Dylan Tierney-Martin, Charlie Ryan, Azur Allison, Craig Casey, Jonathan Wren and Liam Turner.

England are able to field nine starters from that game in Joe Hayes, Joel Kpoku, Alex Coates, Aaron Hinkley, Manu Vunipola, Cameron Redpath, Fraser Dingwall, Ollie Sleightholme and Tom De Granville.

Ireland have called in seven replacement players, with three in the starting line up  in their squad of 27 whereas England have only called in two replacements with one appearing in their starting line up in an overall squad of 25. 

It’s difficult to say how much effect their earlier meeting will have in terms of player performance, however England will have a much better chance of a win if they can improve their on field discipline. 

The two squads for this afternoon’s game are shown below. 

IRELAND U20ENGLAND U20
1 Michael Milne UCD1 Kai Owen Worcester Warriors
2 Dylan Tierney-Martin Corinthians2 Will Capon Bristol Bears
3 Charlie Ward Clontarf3 Joe Heyes Leicester Tigers
4 Charlie Ryan UCD4 Joel Kpoku Saracens
5 Thomas Ahern Shannon5 Alex Coles Northampton Saints
6 Ryan Baird Trinity College6 Richard Capstick Exeter Chiefs
7 Ronan Watters St Mary’s College7 Aaron Hinkley Gloucester Rugby
8 Azur Allison Ballymena8 Ted Hill Worcester Warriors
9 Craig Casey Shannon9 Sam Maunder Exeter Chiefs
10 Ben Healy Garryowen10 Manu Vunipola Saracens
11 Jonathan Wren Cork Constitution11 Josh Hodge Newcastle Falcons
12 David Ryan University College Dublin12 Cameron Redpath Sale Sharks
13 Liam Turner Dublin University13 Fraser Dingwall Northampton Saints
14 Aaron O’Sullivan UCD14 Ollie Sleightholme Northampton Saints
15 Jake Flannery Cork Constitution15 Tom De Glanville Bath Rugby
  
16 Declan Adamson Clontarf16 Nic Dolly Sale Sharks
17 Josh Wycherley Young Munster17 Olly Adkins Gloucester Rugby
18 Thomas Clarkson Dublin University18 James Kenny Exeter Chiefs
19 John McKee Old Belvedere19 Tom Willis Wasps
20 Brian Deeny Clontarf20 Rusiate Tuima Exeter Chiefs
21 Niall Murray Connacht21 Ollie Fox Bath Rugby
22 Luke Clohessy Shannon22 Connor Doherty Sale Sharks
 23 Tom Seabrook Gloucester Rugby
24 Rob Russell Dublin University24 Luke James Sale Sharks
25 Colm Reilly Buccaneers25 Ollie Hassell-Collins London Irish
26 Cormac Foley St Mary’s College 
27 Angus Kernohan QUB 
28 Max O’Reilly Dublin University 
  

What are the Irish Players Stats?

The stats for the Irish Players in this competition to date are shown below. 

NOPLAYERCLUBPROVINCEPLDMINSTPTS
15Jake FlanneryShannonMunster3236114
14Aaron O’Sullivan**UCDLeinster0000
13Liam TurnerDublin UniversityLeinster324000
12David Ryan**UCDLeinster1400
11Jonathan WrenCork ConstitutionMunster319200
10Ben HealyGarryowenMunster3135128
9Craig CaseyShannonMunster214015
1Michael MilneUCDLeinster311715
2Dylan Tierney-MartinCorinthiansConnacht316200
3Charlie Ward**ClontarfLeinster1200
4Charlie RyanUCDLeinster320800
5Thomas AhernShannonMunster13200
6Ryan BairdDublin UniversityLeinster317415
7Ronan WattersSt Mary’s CollegeLeinster27400
8Azur AllisonBallymenaUlster210415
        
16Declan Adamson**ClontarfLeinster21500
17Josh WycherleyYoung MunsterMunster316700
18Tom ClarksonDublin UniversityLeinster319400
19John McKeeOld BelvedereLeinster27100
20Brian Deeny**ClontarfLeinester0000
21Niall MurrayBuccaneersConnacht39200
22Luke Clohessy**ShannonMunster12100
23       
24Rob RussellDublin UniversityLeinster213615
25Colm ReillyBuccaneersConnacht210000
26Cormac FoleySt Mary’s CollegeLeinster29215
27Angus KernohanQueen’s UniversityUlster320000
28Max O’Reilly**Dublin UniversityLeinster1400

Where are the key areas?

This game is going to be as much a psychological battle as a physical one and Ireland have had England’s number in this regard over the last two games with England’s indiscipline turning both matches decisively in Ireland’s favour. 

The big question is whether England will try and outplay their opponents or try to dominate them physically by fair means or foul? Unfortunately, for the English, the latter has been their preference, very much to their detriment, and this Ireland team seem to prefer soaking up the pressure then attacking with almost laser like precision, seldom coming away from the red zone without points in the bag.

Who is going to win?

I had an uneasy feeling about the game against the Italians and Ireland came through that one with comparative ease, so I shouldn’t be that worried about saying that I also have an uneasy feeling about this one. 

If England concentrate on playing rugby for the 80 minutes I’d say that England have the edge.

However, if Ireland can knock them off their stride, which is something they have done to all their opponents in all the games, apart from the last 20 minutes against Australia, then Ireland should win.

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