Nathan Doak and James Humphreys have been named as the starting half backs for Ireland U20’s hit out against Munster A at the IRFU High Performance Centre on Friday, as they continue their preparations for the 2021 Six Nations.
The Ulster players are joined Conor Rankin, George Saunderson and Harry Sheridan in the starting line up with Reuben Crothers and Ben Carson expected to see some action from the bench as the squad is pared down to 26 players.
The teams drew 14 – all against Leinster A last weekend, with 32 players given a run out, but with few opportunities for game time in general Coach Richie Murphy is likely starting to pencil names in for their first match in the Six Nations in just over a fortnights time.
The game kicks off at 13:00 tomorrow (Friday) at the high performance centre. I don’t see it being streamed anywhere so we will miss the opportunity of hearing Humphreys shout, “Get the ball out Doaky“, which was a favoured chant on the terraces at Ravenhill many years ago.
It’s a useful and youthful looking Munster A side who, with the likes of Jack Crowley, Calvin Nash, Liam Coombes, Diarmuid Barron, Thomas Ahern and Jack O’Sullivan, should give Ireland a solid work out.
Coverage wasn’t great last week but we’ll post the score when we get it.
Munster A: Jack Crowley, Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes, Jake Flannery, Paddy Patterson, Liam O’Connor, Diarmuid Barron (C), Keynan Knox, Fearghail O’Donoghue, Thomas Ahern; Jack Daly, Daniel Okeke, Jack O’Sullivan. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Josh Wycherley, Jeremy Loughman, Conor Moloney, Dylan Murphy, Ethan Coughlan, Ben Healy, Aaron Leahy, Alan Flannery, Seán French, Jamie Shanahan.
Ireland U20: Jamie Osborne (Leinster), Conor Rankin (Ulster), Shane Jennings (Connacht), Cathal Forde (Connacht), Chay Mullins (IQ Rugby), James Humphreys (Ulster), Nathan Doak (Ulster), George Saunderson (Ulster), Ronan Loughnane (Leinster), Mark Donnelly (Munster), Mark Morrissey (Leinster), Harry Sheridan (Leinster), Jack Kelleher (Munster), Oisin McCormack (Connacht), Alex Kendellen (Munster). Replacements: Eoin de Buitléar (Connacht), Temi Lasisi (Leinster), Sam Illo (Leinster), Diarmuid McCormack (Leinster), Reuben Crothers (Ulster), Ben Murphy (Leinster), Tim Corkery (Leinster), Josh O’Connor (Leinster), Donnacha Byrne (Connacht), Ben Carson (Ulster), Chris Cosgrave (Leinster).