Six Nations: Teams up for Wales v Ireland Under 20’s

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Ulster A score five tries in their 33 - 13 win against Connacht Eagles in the Celtic Cup on Friday 6th September 2019

The Ireland and Wales teams have been announced for the Second Round match of the 2021 U20 Six Nations Tournament at Cardiff Arms on Friday, kick off 20:00

Ireland Head Coach Richie Murphy has made 6 changes to the starting XV that featured in their comprehensive opening round win against Scotland.

Tim Corkery, who came on for the injured James Humphreys last time out is boosted to starting out half this time round and he is joined by Ulster’s Nathan Doak at scrum half. Chris Cosgrave at left wing is the only other change to a back line that was defensively very solid but was missing a bit of spark in attack.

Jack Boyle and Mark Donnely come into the front row either side of hooker Ronan Loughnane and Donnacha Byrne comes into the back row with Alex Soroka moving into second row.

The extended reserves panel sees a further four changes with Munster’s Fearghail O’Donoghue joining three Ulster youngsters, George Saunderson, Jude Postlethwaite and Conor Rankin, the later one of only three players with previous U20 experience prior to this tournament; albeit a one minute outing in 2020.

With Ben Moxham and Harry Sheridan retaining their starting berths, Conor McKee dropping to the bench and Reuben Crothers and Ben Carson retaining their bench spots this leaves 9 Ulster players in the extended squad.

In contrast, Wales have not made any changes to their starting side, following their 25 – 8 win against Italy in the last round and there are only two changes to their extended reserves with Exeter Chiefs’ Christ Tshiunza and Ospreys’ Rhys Thomas joining the panel.

Despite substantial wins for both teams in the opening round, neither of the teams were overly convincing. Wales relied on a penalty try and the boot of Sam Costelow for their win and Ireland needed their pack to work over 14 man Scotland for an extended period before they cut loose. As I said in my preview for the opening round it’s early days and neither side has seen much action in the last 16 months so it’s not how they start but how they finish.

From an Irish perspective I’d like to see the back line get the ball wider more often and I wouldn’t be surprised if the game ended with Doak at out half and McKee at scrum half.

The FRU Predicts. Wales are at home for this one but it won’t make a lot of difference in an empty stadium. Ireland look to have the potential to cause more damage and if they do get the ball through the hands they should win this one.

Teams

WALESIRELNAD
Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Rugby)15Jamie Osborne (Leinster)
Dan John (Exeter Chiefs)14Ben Moxham (Ulster)
Ioan Evans (Pontypridd)13Shane Jennings (Connacht)
Joe Hawkins (Ospreys)12Cathal Forde (Connacht)
Carrick McDonough (Dragons)11Chris Cosgrave (Leinster)
Sam Costelow (Scarlets)10Tim Corkery (Leinster)
Harri Williams (Scarlets);9Nathan Doak (Ulster)
Garyn Phillips (Ospreys)1Jack Boyle (Leinster)
Efan Daniel (Cardiff Rugby)2Ronan Loughnane (Leinster)
Nathan Evans (Cardiff Rugby)3Mark Donnelly (Munster)
Joe Peard (Dragons)4Alex Soroka (Leinster)
Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs)5Harry Sheridan (Ulster)
Alex Mann (Cardiff Rugby – Capt)6Donnacha Byrne (Connacht)
Harri Deaves (Ospreys)7Oisin McCormack (Connacht)
Carwyn Tuipulotu (Scarlets)8Alex Kendellen (Munster)(C)
Oliver Burrows (Exeter Chiefs)16Eoin de Buitléar (Connacht)
Theo Bevacqua (Cardiff Rugby)17George Saunderson (Ulster)
Lewys Jones (Nevers)18Sam Illo (Leinster)
James Fender (Ospreys)19Mark Morrissey (Leinster)
Chris Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs)20Reuben Crothers (Ulster)
Ethan Lloyd (Cardiff Rugby)21Conor McKee (Ulster)
Will Reed (Dragons)22Ben Carson (Ulster)
Tom Florence (Ospreys)23Jude Postlethwaite (Ulster)
Morgan Richards (Dragons/)24Fearghail O’Donoghue (Munster)
Eddie James (Scarlets)25Daniel Okeke (Munster)
Rhys Thomas (Ospreys)26Conor Rankin (Ballynahinch

Current Standings

TEAMPL W PDBPPTS
Ireland113115
England111615
Wales111704
France10-1600
Italy10-1700
Scotland10-3100

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