The Ireland Under-20 team, sponsored by PwC, to play Fiji in the final round of pool games at the IRB Junior World Championship has been named.
There are four changes in personnel to the Ireland team that secured a crucial 35-21 bonus point win over Wales in Pukekohe last Friday.
Head coach Mike Ruddock has handed Cork Constitution scrum half Ryan Foley his first start at Under-20 level. He will link up at half-back with the ever-present Ross Byrne, who scored 20 points in the opening two pool games.
Darragh Moloney makes way for the returning Stephen Gardiner from Lansdowne in the second row, while Josh Murphy and Rory Moloney - both capped at Under-19 level this season - have been brought into the back row alongside captain Jack O'Donoghue.
Ireland can book a first ever semi-final spot with a bonus point victory over Fiji, because even if Pool B leaders France were to beat Wales the 11 points Ruddock's side would accumulate would be more than the runner-ups in the other two pools can reach.
However, Ruddock is not taking anything for granted as the Fijians have shown glimpses of attacking flair and pushed France hard in the first half last Friday to go in at half-time only 8-0 behind before ultimately losing 37-5.
"In our last two matches we got the result against Wales and were very competitive against France, so to sum it up I would say we have got a little better with each game," admitted Ruddock.
"It would be a big achievement (to reach the semi-finals) but we don't want to get carried away with the outcome. We have really focused on the process and our game-plan, tactically and mentally we have got to bring it."
Meanwhile, the Irish squad took time out from their match preparations to participate in the Junior World Championship legacy programme. They were given a warm welcome at Pukekohe Rugby Club on Sunday - some of the players are pictured below with the Pukekohe Kapa Haka group.
There will be live coverage of the Ireland v Fiji match on TG4 in the early hours of Tuesday morning (kick-off 1.35pm local time/2.35am Irish time), with the full match repeated at 12.30pm and highlights at 7.30pm.
IRELAND UNDER-20 Team & Replacements (v Fiji Under-20s, 2014 IRB Junior World Championship - Pool B, QBE Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, June 10, kick-off 1.35pm local time/2.35am Irish time):
15. Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 14. Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht) 13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 12. Dan Goggin (Young Munster/Munster) 11. Alex Wootton (Garryowen/Munster) 10. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 9. Ryan Foley (Cork Constitution/Munster) 1. Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster) 2. Max Abbott (Cork Constitution/Munster) 3. Rory Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster) 4. Stephen Gardiner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 5. Ross Molony (UCD/Leinster) 6. Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster) 7. Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht) 8. Jack O'Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) (capt)
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Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.
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IRFU Director of Sevens and head coach Anthony Eddy talks about the Ireland Men's Sevens squad's upcoming tournaments and ambitions, while squad members Cian Aherne and Tom Daly tell us about their enthusiasm to play Sevens for Ireland.
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora speaks about the newly-announced Ireland Men's Sevens squad and structures, and we also hear from squad member Matthew D'Arcy on the training camps and how he got involved.
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Thrilled that the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup will be held on home soil, Ireland head coach Tom Tierney says there will be 'a lot of planning from a coaching and player point of view so that we give it our best shot and leave everything out on the field in 2017'.