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Ireland Under 19 XV for FIRA Opener

Ireland Under 19 XV for FIRA Opener

21/03/02.Ireland take on host nation Italy in the opening round of the FIRA Junior World Cup in Treviso later this evening (ko 6pm local time).

The Irish, under the stewardship of Dungannon’s Willie Anderson include two players, Killian Coleman and Ryan Hartigan who travelled to Chile last year for the championship. On that occasion they were surprisingly beaten 10-9 in their opening game by Uruguay but wound up 39-5 winners over Italy in the final match.

This time around they face a tougher task against the Italians who showed up well when they played in Ireland earlier this year. Crucial to the Irish cause today will be the performance of their pack and in particuar how they impose themselves on what will be a big rugged abrasive opposition. Locks David Gannon and Shane O’Connor were partners on the Ireland schools side last year while scrum-half Daragh Geraghty, number 8 Jamie Heaslip and replacement Denis Fogarty were also members of that squad.

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Ireland. Andrew Finn (Sundays Well); Richard Lane (U.C.C.), Brian Hastings (D.U.), Killian Coleman (Terenure College), Edward Hoadley (London Irish); Michael Glancy (Dungannon), Daragh Geraghty (U.C.D.); Stephen Bennett (London Irish), Conor Geoghean (U.C.D.), Declan Fitzpatrick (Belfast Harlequins); David Gannon (U.C.D.), Shane O’Connor (Cork Constitution); Brendan O’Connor (Garryowen), Richard Simms (Edinburgh University), Jamie Heaslip (D.U.). Replacements: Fergus Gately (U.C.C.) Denis Fogarty (Rockwell College), Wesley Maxwell (Garryowen), Ryan Hartigan (Garryowen), Robbie Shaw (London Wasps), Neil Patterson (Coleraine), Andy Lowe (Belfast Harelquins).

Coach. Willie Anderson.
Asst. Coach. Hendrik Kruger.
Team Manager. Michael Cunningham.