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

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Ulster U18 Schools entertained Italy U18 at Newforge Country club on Thursday 8th August, with the Ulster side recording an 18 - 12 win.

The teams have been announced for the 2021 U20 Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland. The game kicks off the fourth round matches wit a 2:00pm kick of at Cardiff Arms Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Ireland took a bit of a battering against England in the previous round and head coach  Richie Murphy has made 9 changes to the starting line up and a further 4 in the extended replacements panel. The changes see all 10 Ulster players in the squad with 7 starting and 3 on the bench.

Ulster’s Conor Rankin, Jude Postlethwaite and Ben Carson all get their first start in a much changed backline that also sees James Humphreys return to out-half after injury. Humphreys partners fellow Ulster player Nathan Doak who retains his scrum-half berth. IQ Rugby’s Chay Mullins also makes his first start of the tournament at left wing.

Up front Ulster’s George Saunderson starts at loose-head and Connacht’s Eoin de Buitléar gets his first start at hooker. Munster’s Daniel Okeke also gets a start at No 8 and Leinster’s Mark Morrissey returns to second row alongside Ulster’s ever-present Harry Sheridan.

In the replacements Liam Bishop (IQ Rugby, Fearghail O’Donoghue (Munster) and Levi Vaughan (Leinster) will all be looking for their first start of the tournament and Leinster’s Josh O’Connor returns to the squad for the first time after picking up a knock against Scotland. Ulster’s Reuben Crothers and Conor McKee are joined on the bench by fellow Ulsterman Ben Moxham who started the first three games for Ireland U20.

Ulster Player Contributions to Date.

Italy, on the back of their big win against Scotland, have made only one change to their starting line up with loose-heads Luca Rizzoli and Mirco Spagnolo swapping over, which leaves replacement Michele Brighetti as the only addition to their squad. They have been building steadily throughout the tournament and I’d actually make them slight favourites for this one.

Ireland’s Plan A came up short against England and this is a good stab at a Plan B from Murphy, even if a few of the changes have been forced. I have consistently said that this cohort have been absolutely excellent in defence but have missed a bit of go forward in the back line in attack. All three Ulster lads, Rankin on the right wing and Postlethwaite and Carson in the centre, like to play what is in front of them and they are excellent in open play, however, they will need to put the work in defensively against this useful Italian side.

The FRU Predicts. It’s another tough game for Ireland, six day’s after their big game against England. A week ago they were title contenders and now they are scrambling to win their last two games of the series. I think we are in for an exciting game tomorrow but Italy should just edge this one.


Lorenzo Pani15Jamie Osborne
Flavio Pio Vaccari14Conor Rankin
Tommaso Menoncello13Jude Postlethwaite
Filippo Drago12Ben Carson
Simone Gesi11Chay Mullins
Leonardo Marin10James Humphreys
Manfredi Albanese9Nathan Doak
Luca Rizzoli1George Saunderson
Thomas Di Bartolomeo2Eoin de Buitléar
Ion Neculai3Sam Illo
Giacomo Ferrari4Mark Morrissey
Nicola Piantella5Harry Sheridan
Luca Andreani (C)6Alex Soroka
Ross Micheal Vintcent7Alex Kendellen (C)
Lorenzo Cannone8Daniel Okeke
Matteo Baldelli16Ronan Loughnane
Mirco Spagnolo17Jack Boyle
Muhamed Hasa18Liam Bishop
Fabrizio Boschetti19Fearghail O’Donoghue
Giovanni Cenedese20Jack Kelleher
Alessandro Garbisi21Conor McKee
Mattia Ferrarin22Cathal Forde
Fabio Schiabel23Josh O’Connor
Andrea Angelone24Reuben Crothers
Giulio Marucchini25Levi Vaughan
Michele Brighetti26Ben Moxham

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